Thomas Liddiard only registered one mark, on 3rd March 1770. Heal records him as a goldsmith and watchmaker and he is recorded as a silversmith when his sons enter St. Paul’s school in 1794. His eldest son was apprenticed to Thomas Daniel, which is another indication of a connection to the silversmith’s trade. These two pairs of tongs are both over-struck with his mark and they are both standard Hester Bateman style. It looks highly likely that he will have bought these from Hester Bateman and overstruck his own mark. The first pair is dated c1784 – 1786 as they have the incuse duty mark. The second pair is dated c1786 – 1790.

Yet another maker buying Hester Bateman sugar tongs??

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c1784 - 1786

c1786 - 1790