This is another of the Johns that is difficult to identify. James Tookey registered his first mark on 11th May 1750, as a large-worker. He then went on to register another mark as a small-worker in 1762. Thomas Tookey was apprenticed to him, at which time he was described as a spoon-maker. We know that Thomas made sugar tongs so it is not un-reasonable to assume his father did as well. Elizabeth Tookey appears in April 1773 in the parliamentary report, so James is assumed to have been dead by then. This means sugar tongs by him cannot be dated later than 1773. This pair of tongs is a lovely pair of cast tongs, and will certainly be dated around that time.

This attribution of James Tookey as the maker is by no means certain, but does seem the most likely person.

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