The maker's mark of "WC" is a common one of this period. This means that we cannot be certain
of the attribution of tongs marked "WC".
registered a mark as a small-worker in 1771 and is known to have been
working for at least 2 years. There is no real evidence that he made
sugar tongs and his apprenticeship gives no clues. The maker's mark
for these tongs is clearly different to that of William Chatterton and for
that reason I have assumed the tongs to have been made by a different maker.
It should be emphasised that there is no certainty at all over this
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tongs by William Chatterton
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