William Fearn is famous as he was a part of the Chawner company. Silver is frequently seen with William Fearnís mark on it, usually alongside William Eley or William Eley & William Chawner. William Fearn was apprenticed to William Chawner and registered his own mark in April 1769 as a small-worker. He entered a second mark on 13th May 1774 as a spoon-maker and his third mark was registered in partnership with George Smith, on 3rd November 1786. William Fearnís work will therefore be dated between 1769 and 1786. Eley & Fearn sugar tongs are fairly common, but I have only ever seen this one pair of tongs by William Fearn on his own. They are dated c1780 and have a typical flower pattern engraving to the shoulder.
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