George Burrows is a well known name and very often people
choose to attribute work to him. In fact it is not always as simple as
that. George Burrows I entered his first mark as a small-worker on
14th December 1769 and entered a number of marks as a buckle-maker between
1780 and 1799. He was
married to Alice and had a son, George Burrows II.
His son, George Burrows II was apprenticed to him and
entered his first mark in partnership with his mother Alice Burrows in 1801,
by which time we assume George Burrows I to have died. There are a number of pairs of
sugar tongs marked with their mark GB over AB.
George II and Alice were registered as Plate-workers but we know they
produced a lot of silver sugar tongs and although George I was a buckle-maker most
of the time it is also likely he produced a lot of silver sugar tongs.
Unfortunately there were a number of other makers
around at that time with a maker's mark of "GB" who also produced
silver sugar tongs so it is not always possible
to distinguish between the marks.
Perhaps most interesting about George
Burrows I is the range of makerís marks. Shown below are examples of
George Burrows I silver sugar tongs and a wide range of makerís marks.
The other main sugar tong maker of this period with marks of "GB" is George
Brasier - click
here to see tongs by George Brasier
George Burrows I maker's marks
are an interesting study. He is known to have registered a number of
marks, two as a small-worker in 1769 & 1770, and at least eight as a
buckle-maker between 1780 and 1799.
here to see a range of
George Burrows I maker's marks seen on sugar tongs. Please be aware that there are a lot of pictures so it
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