Robert Cattle was working
with John Prince up until Prince retired. This was on 1st November
1807. Robert Cattle took James Barber into partnership with him on 1st
January 1808, so was only working alone for 2 months. He arrived in York in
1792 and was made a partner of the firm of Hampston and Prince. His work
continued through to 1814 when his partnership with James Barber was dissolved.
He died in 1842.
This pair of sugar tongs is
a little special as they show the Lion Passant facing right. This is only known
to have happened at York during the period between 1793 and 1808 and was not
used all the time. Robert Cattle had a mark registered with James Barber in
1807/08. These tongs are therefore dated between 1st November 1807
and 31st December 1807. He sent in a parcel of work on 4th
December 1807 which included 6 pairs of sugar tongs. These must be one of
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