George Smith II can often be confused with
George Smith III but in fact they were two completely different people,
unrelated as far as we know. George Smith III was apprenticed to Thomas
Chawner, whereas George Smith II was apprenticed to John Eaton in 1753.
On the same day he was transferred to Samuel Eaton John's uncle.
George Smith II was made free on 14th January 1761. He registered his
first mark as a small-worker on 21st November 1767. This very very
shortly after Samual Eaton had died & left his estate to George. He
registered several marks as a buckle-maker between 1775 and 1789.
Thomas Hayter was one of his apprentices and they registered a mark together
on 7th January 1792.
click here to
see tongs by George Smith & Thomas Hayter.
George Smith II died on 1st May 1805. The two George Smiths can also be confused because they were both making sugar tongs at around the
same time. George Smith II tongs date between 1767 and 1792.
George Smith III tongs date between 1774 and
Any tongs with the cameo duty mark are
almost certainly George Smith II although it is just possible they could be
George Smith III if dated between 29th May 1786 and 2nd
November 1786, (at which time George Smith III went into partnership with
We have two pairs of unusual tongs to show, because both have "impossible" dates for George Smith II.
here to see tongs by George Smith III
here to see tongs by George Smith IV
Click here to see tongs by Richard Crossley &
George Smith IV
I am indebted to Clive Taylor for the bigraphical information about George Smith II,
fuller information can be found in the Silver Society Journal (Number 26 -
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