Samuel Whiford’s only mark in Grimwade ( No 2661) was that entered in 1764 as a smallworker.
I am almost certain the marks below, (all four from a pair of buckles with silver chapes dating from around 1770) are that mark.
Note that there appears to be a pellet after the W. And that the cut top left corner of the punch is less pronounced than that shown by Grimwade
Samuel was from a silver bucklemaking family at St Martins le Grand and he is recorded as a bucklemaker in Kings Court there in the PR1773. He may well have had marks in the lost smallworkers register prior to 1756. Certainly his brother, Thomas, another silver bucklemaker was born around 1711. I’ve only seen Samuel’s mark on buckles once.
He died in 1778, his will being proved by his widow Mary Whitford (the main beneficiary) and his brother Thomas, on 13th November 1778.
Mary wasted no time, entering a bucklemaker mark on 6th November, a week before probate was granted.
One of the witnesses to the will was William Ballantine, who also wasted little time, entering a joint mark with Mary as bucklemakers on 12th January 1779. Noticeably the mark was as Mary Whitford and William Ballantine , indicating that Mary was the senior partner. I would suspect that William might have married her soon afterwards. William registered a sole mark as bucklemaker at another nearby address in 1788.