The first name is probably the most famous, that
of Henry Hebert. Henry Hebert registered his first mark in 1734 as a
large-worker, with other marks up to 1748. These tongs are dated 1786 at
the earliest, which makes it highly unlikely they were made by Henry
Hebert, some 52 years after his first mark was registered;
Henry Hayens registered a mark in 1749 as a
large-worker. These tongs would be dated at least 36 years later which is
very unlikely. It is also unlikely that a large-worker would be making sugar
Henry Hobdell was a small-worker who registered his first mark in 1767. This makes him a strong
contender for making sugar tongs around 1786 – 1790;
The final possibility is Henry Hall. He registered his first mark in July 1788.
What makes Henry Hall interesting is that there is a Henry Hall recorded as
having been an apprentice to John Lambe, who was renowned for making sugar
tongs, among other things. This therefore makes Henry Hall the most likely
maker of these tongs.