One can never be sure about the makerís mark ďIBĒ. John Baker II registered a mark on 11th April 1770 as a small-worker. He entered other marks as a buckle-maker up to 1786. This makerís mark is very different to those of John Blake. The tongs also are of a slightly different style. They are the only tongs that I have seen with oval bowls with the makerís mark of IB. It is therefore logical to attribute them to a different maker and the most likely is John Baker II. The tongs are dated 1793.

As usual, we cannot be certain of this attribution.

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