George Smith II & Thomas Hayter entered
their first mark together on 7th January 1792 as plate-workers.
Thomas Hayter was George Smithís apprentice. Grimwade records George Smith
II as having died on 1st May 1805 (we believe).
There is nothing particularly unique about
George Smith II & Thomas Hayterís tongs. They follow the normal pattern for
makers of this period although there is not really a noticeable trend
towards plain tongs. This is perhaps understandable as their partnership
finished in around 1803 which was about the time that the demand for bright
cut tongs started to fade.
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