Articulated fork / spoon serving tongs

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Articulated fork / spoon serving tongs

Postby piette » Sun Feb 07, 2016 8:36 pm

Hi all,
Can anyone tell me what these large tongs would have been used for? Made by Laurence Keary in 1822, and retailed by John Twycross.
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Re: Articulated fork / spoon serving tongs

Postby dognose » Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:54 am

Hi Piette,

I think these are normally described as Chop Tongs or Chop Servers.

How large is this pair?

Trev.

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Re: Articulated fork / spoon serving tongs

Postby piette » Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:11 pm

Hi Trev,

Many thanks, this is what I thought. The pair are 9" in length, and very interestingly, are clearly made for purpose as opposed to being a rehash of an existing fork and spoon. Also worth noting is the presence of a full set of hallmarks on both the fork and the spoon, plus a heraldic crest on the head of the fork and monograms to the ends of the handles. A very unusual piece indeed!

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Re: Articulated fork / spoon serving tongs

Postby AG2012 » Sat Feb 27, 2016 3:45 am

clearly made for purpose as opposed to being a rehash of an existing fork and spoon

Right, as far as I can see both the fork and the spoon were deliberately made thicker at the swivel for obvious reasons (that part had to be thicker than the rest of the handles for boring a hole, riveting and strong when used).
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