FD mark -script
On a buckle frame (probably a shoe buckle) which the vendor stated was dug up in a place call Curry Rival, south of Taunton and reported as a find to Taunton Museum.
It’s a shouldered design, with low areas stippled in the manner associated with "D" shaped buckles of the 1730’s. Size 41mm by 51 mm
The Assay mark is the London Lion of 1740 —1756 and stylistically I’d date it at the beginning of that period
Perhaps by Francis Daniell
for whom Grimwade gives only one mark - May 1760 - as a smallworker at Little Deans Court , St Martin Le Grand ( no map record of Little Deans Court but St Martin le Grand was an area known to be infested with bucklemakers ). However a document in West Sussex Record Office (manorial documents of West Hoathly Rectory, 1694 - 1841) records "Francis Daniell of St. Luke, co. Middx., bucklemaker, administrator of goods of Nehemiah Norgrove dec'd., during the minority of the latter's son John, to (b) the said John Norgrove of St. Peter's, London, poulterer".
Daniell died 1761 or 1762 - PROB 11/865 - Will of Francis Daniell, Silversmith of Saint Luke Old Street , Middlesex .Probate granted at PCC on 26 May 1761. The address is in the City.
Presumably one or more marks in the lost smallworker register