Hatton entered his first mark as a Buckle-maker on 14th June
1784, followed by a second in July 1804. He is only recorded as a Buckle-maker. Other EH makers include:
Edward Higgs registered a mark on his own as a
small-worker in 1782, with others as a buckle-maker until he entered a mark
with James Higgs in 1793. They
are recorded as silver button makers. As these tongs are dated 1796, at that
time Edward Higgs mark will have been that of Edward & James Higgs.
|Edward Hunt II registered a mark in 1762.
He was apprenticed in 1734, so will have been born c1720 or before.
It is therefore very unlikely he was still working in 1796.|
From this it is therefore appropriate to assume
the tongs were made by Edward Hatton although we cannot of course be sure. They are
fairly standard style with a double thread edge, dated 1796/97.
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