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Pipe Tongs

Pipe Tongs

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Description
With bowed, slender, cylindrical arms terminating in two circular grips or pads extending from contoured handles, one curled inward and the other scrolled out to a pierced disc, that are connected by a hidden hinge held closed by a curled-tip leaf spring bolted inside the disc-end handle. Pick is threaded through arm with disc-end handle, while tamper is attached perpendicular to hinge on the inward-curled handle. No marks.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
tongs, pipe
date made
1750 - 1800
place made
United States
Physical Description
iron, wrought (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 17 3/8 in x 3 1/4 in x 1 5/8 in; 44.1325 cm x 8.255 cm x 4.1275 cm
ID Number
DL.388612
catalog number
388612
accession number
182022
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Greenwood
subject
Heating
Lighting
Smoking
Tobacco Use
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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