George Smith II & Thomas Haytor
The partnership registered its first mark in 1792 though George Smith had been working alone from 1758. Thomas Haytor was his apprentice and when free in 1790 remained with him. Grimwade suggests George died between 1802 and 1811 but, as Thomas registered his own mark in 1805 from the same address where he continued to work until 1840 when he died, I suspect George may have died circa 1805. Thomas later went into partnership with his son, George Hayter, at the same address in Huggin Lane.
Makers mark very poorly struck.
These tongs date from 1802/3 and so may be among the last made by the partnership. They are in excellent condition for age with no damage or repairs. They have been much loved and so slightly over polished which hasn't helped the poorly struck makers mark, though it is still discernable. There is a blank cartouche to the bow, and bright cut decoration to the arms. The bowls are longer and more pointed than many and decorated with punched dots in a rib pattern. They weigh 1 1/8 ounces.
Hallmarked for 1803