John Fisher was the son of William Fisher
and they entered a mark together, as plate-workers on 16th August
William & John Fisher
then registered as spoon-makers in 1797. John entered his mark
alone on 22nd February 1799 as a small-worker.
There are three possible makers, around
this time, that could have made these sugar tongs. As with many of these
makers with the same initials you can never really be certain who the maker
John Fountain was registered as a
plate-worker and whilst being a plate-worker does not rule him out of
making sugar tongs, it does make it less likely
John Fuller entered a mark as a
small-worker in 1804. These tongs could well be his, but I have no idea
whether he actually made sugar tongs
John Fisher - Did enter a mark with his
father, and there are several examples of sugar tongs by John & William
Fisher - so they clearly made sugar tongs when they were together.
On balance therefore, it seems to be more
likely to be John Fisher than either of the other two.
However - I would never attempt to state for certain that they are John
Fisher - you just cannot be sure.
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