This is a very interesting mark. Thomas Hannam is recorded as having been in partnership with Ebenezer Coker, a partnership that dissolved in 1760. Grimwade suggests that the mark TH over RM has some doubt over it as recorded in Jackson’s. Thomas Hannam is also recorded as being in partnership with John Crouch, making salvers and waiters. Their mark also appears on candle-sticks. The TH RM partnership is recorded as them being Goldsmiths. John Crouch and Thomas Hannam, (in that order), are recorded as plate-workers, which ties in with them making salvers and waiters.

Richard Mills is recorded as a large-worker and as a plate-worker by Heal. There are several pairs of sugar tongs by Richard Mills, mostly cast, whose marks entered alone are prior to the mark in partnership with Thomas Hannam. The Richard Mills cast sugar tongs are dated c1767.

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