Samuel registered his first mark in 1736 and his last in 1768. Some marks were with pellet and some without but all from the same address. The time span may indicate a father and son of the same name but no apprenticeship for a younger man is recorded.
These tongs are a fairly plain but sturdy casting, with a narrow top to the bow. They are shorter than the average Georgian tongs but about the same weight at 1 1/8 ounces. The extra thickness in the silver may be what has helped them to survive in perfect condition with no repairs or damage, very unusual for this type of tongs. The shape of the lion punch indicates they are after 1758, which also fits with the later pelleted mark.