Georgian silver sugar tong makers are remarkably consistent with where they mark their tongs. They will usually be marked on the inside of the arms, in the top one third. The hallmarks will be one side and the makerís mark the other.
There were 10 main Assay offices. 7 in England, 2 in Scotland and 1 in Ireland.
Birmingham 1773 Anchor.
Chester 1701 Ė 1962 3 wheat-sheafs and upturned sword.
Exeter 1701 Ė 1883 castle.
Newcastle 1721 Ė 1883 3 castles.
Sheffield 1773 crown.
York 1559 Ė 1886 cross and 5 lions rampant.
In Scotland there were two main Assay Offices. There were also many provincial towns where silver was made.
Glasgow 1819 - 1964 fish, tree and bell.
Edinburgh 1681 Triple towered castle and thistle.
Scottish Provincial Towns
Dublin 1720 Harp and Hibernia
Cork Maker's mark & "STERLING".
Limerick Maker's mark & STERLING & Fleur-de-lys.
tongs were also made in the Channel Islands, although they was no Assay Office
there. These tongs will often be marked only with the maker's mark.
Later, they also sent tongs to London for assay so Channel Islands work can be
marked with the maker's mark only or may also have London hallmarks.