Mark found on pair of Shoe Buckles with the London Lion Passant Guardant of 1740 - 1756.
Having a silver chape but steel pitchfork prongs date is assessed as (guessed at ) around 1745 -1750.
Mark has rounded short sides.
Perhaps the mark of Edward Terrill
Peter Cameron has kindly provided detail of the existence of this silver bucklemaker, hitherto unrecorded, who probably had marks in the lost Smallworkers Register of 1739 -1758 . And nowhere else !
Other possibilities are Edward Thompson, (or his son) , Evan Thomas, smallworker, or even Elizabeth Tuite, largeworker.
Edward Terrill was the son of Edward Terrill and his wife Ann, the daughter of Robert Elliott .
Born around 1724, probably in Witney , Oxfordshire, Edward was apprenticed in 1738 to Brian (Bryan, Byron) Marriott, Goldsmith, and turned over to his uncle, Robert Elliott, a silver bucklemaker, also formerly of Witney.
Freedom of the Goldsmiths 31 July 1745
By 1749 Terrill has taken over the premises of his old master Robert Elliott; he also pursued the trade of a silver bucklemaker. The shop was known by the sign of the "Star and Buckle"’
He died young, and his burial in May 1751 was recorded at St. Mary’s ,Witney, as ‘"Edward Tyrril from London."
A contemporary newspaper gave a rather sad notice :-
"Wednesday died, at his House in Gutter-Lane, Mr. Tyrrel, an eminent Working Silversmith; who was to have been married in a few Days to a young Lady of Somersetshire."
The premises were taken over by Thomas Justis, although there is some doubt if this is the Thomas Justis mentioned in Grimwade , or an elder relation.