There are several makers listed with the maker’s mark “HH”. To see sugar tongs marked with this mark is quite rare so there are not very many of different dates to assist with attributing them. The possibilities are as follows:

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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;

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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 tongs;

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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;

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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.

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