The maker’s mark “BW” is very
rare and there is no real certainty over whose it is. From a study of Grimwade, there are the following possibilities:
Bowyer Walker was a large-worker with a mark registered on 10th April 1735. He is
also recorded by Heal as a Plate-worker. These sugar tongs are unlikely to
be by him as their earliest date is 1785, 50 years after he registered his
mark and he was a large-worker.
Benjamin West registered his mark on 14th January 1738, again as a large-worker. It is also
unlikely to be him for the same reasons as above.
Brook Walker registered marks as a buckle-maker in 1779 and 1788. His marks are recorded as being in a
rectangular punch with cut corners.
Benjamin Wilson registered marks as a buckle-maker in 1785 and 1787. His marks were in a rectangular
punch without cut corners.
From this logic, it would seem the most likely maker of these tongs, dated between July 1785 and May 1791,
is Benjamin Wilson.
Click on a picture to see more details