George Burrows I

George Burrows I registered his first mark in 1769, his son George Burrows II served as apprentice to him and he and Alice, wife of George I, took over the business in 1801; Presumably when the elder George retired or died.


  Makers Mark    Poorly Struck or Poor Punch?

These tongs were sold as bearing a CB makers mark, but closer inspection shows a definite G as the first letter. The mis-strike/poorly made punch makes the second letter difficult to be sure of( it could be an B a P or an R) The loop looks less rounded than one would expect on a P. A base line is also just visible with a loop, also the design engraved on the top of the arm is identical to the pair below, so I have now attributed both these to George Burrows I. I may be wrong it could be the very short lived George Richardson who registered his only mark as a small worker in 1760


There is a small flaw in one arm which may be an original repair/strengthening but is very slight. They are relatively light at 1 1/8 ounces and are 5 1/2 ins long.  The bow is monogrammed AH.


Monogrammed Bow



Makers Mark equally poor punch


These tongs are exquisite in design and manufacture. They are also strikingly similar in design to a pair by William Cripps (here) and a third by William Turton (here). These have more and finer engraving than either of the others, but all 3 could have been cast from the same mould.  The bowls too are identical the only notable differences being at the top of the arms where they join the bow where each has a different finish. There is a very small flaw on the inside of one of the arms that could have come from the original casting as the design and engraving on the outside are unblemished. The bow has bright cut decoration with a blank space for a monogram but none is present. The tongs are very heavy weighing 1 5/8 ounces.