The extensive research undertaken to complete this book has clearly shown that there were a number of goldsmiths who seemed to specialise in the production of Tea Tongs.
The top six makers listed below produced, between them, 32.3% of the total number of pairs of Tea Tongs with identifiable makers' marks seen.
As of January 9th 2012 these number 2412 pairs bearing a London maker's mark.
Shown below are the marks of these makers and the numbers of pairs seen marked for them as a percentage of all the pairs seen.
Henry Plumpton 8.5% of total
John Gorham * 7.0% of total
William Chatterton 5.1% of total
Richard Mills 4.4% of total
William Harrison 3.7% of total
Gawen Nash * 3.6% of total
* Makers registered before 1740
Clearly the total tally of 32.3% pairs marked just for these six goldsmiths strongly suggests that they were Specialist Makers of Tea Tongs.