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".
William Chatterton entered several marks, the first of which was on 7th April 1762
as a small-worker, with others up to 1763. He is recorded in the
parliamentary report list of 1773, without category. William Chatterton is
an interesting character as he was prosecuted for “soldering bits of
standard silver to Tea Tongs and buckles....” and is named as an offender
against the hallmarking laws. The interesting point about this is that this
means he must have been a maker of Tea tongs. This does not necessarily
mean he made ordinary sugar tongs, but does suggest that he may have done.
Some of William Chatterton’s marks have pellets, other are without. From an
examination of Grimwade’s the two marks shown are both distinctive being in
an irregular patterned punch, one with and one without a pellet. Grimwade
also identifies two other oblong punches, one without a pellet, registered
The mark "WC" is often identified as William Cripps. Personally I
think this is unlikely with sugar tongs as he died in 1767. Most sugar
tongs were made after this date. However as is often the case with
attempting to attribute sugar tongs to a particular maker, we can not be
The other potential maker with a maker's mark of "WC" is William Cattell.
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tongs by William Cattell
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