Samuel Wintle was a London maker. Grimwade records him as entering his first mark in partnership with Thomas Wintle on 1st October 1778. He entered his mark alone on 31st July 1779. His final mark was entered on 2nd August 1792.

When looking at tongs of this period, there are two possible makers, Samuel Whitford I and Samuel Wintle. Samuel Whitford I is recorded as both of his marks being with a pellet between, whereas none of Samuel Wintle's marks suggest a pellet. So for attributing these tongs, I have made this assumption. As always with antique Georgian silver sugar tongs - you can never be sure so I would be keen to hear from anyone with a better view.

One of the best things about Samuel Wintle's sugar tongs is the engraved monograms. These are some of the best examples of period engraved monograms that I have seen. Samuel Wintle also seemed to have a habit of marking his sugar tongs right at the top of the arms, (although this is not true of them all of course!).

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