Charles Hougham registered his first mark on 11th January 1769 as a small-worker. He went on to register a number of marks as a buckle-maker and then other marks from 1785 as a plate-worker.  Clearly he had a wide range of talents! He died in 1793 aged only 44 and the latest pairs of tongs that I have seen by him are dated 1792/93. Charles and Solomon Hougham were brothers. Solomon only entered his mark on the death of his brother.

His tongs are always of a very fine quality and are often engraved with a stylised flower pattern, (Adam style). He made both cast and standard style tongs. Charles Hougham is fairly easy to identify, his mark is always in a square punch.

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c1780 - 1784 

c1780 - 1784 

c1780 - 1784 

1784 - 1786   

1786 - 1790