I have a pair of sugar tongs & am unable to identify them with certainty. I have had some people comment as follows (names omitted to protect the innocent!):
"My suspicion is James Heatherington of Newcastle (Gill page 116) , but I would class it as a possible rather a probable"
"the engraving does have the feel of Newcastle from looking at your photo"
"The tongs are made in Exeter, I have a pair by the same unidentified maker (acorn bowls) struck alongside the definitive standard mark and duty mark for Exeter c.1786-97. Given you have the 'wavy edge' lion passant on your pair it suggests they are right at the beginning of that period, with the narrow rectangular lion used slightly later".
My own personal opinion is possibly Chester.
Can anyone shed any more light?
Thanks very much for looking.