Wrought Iron Pipe Tongs

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Pair of wrought iron pipe tongs (also known as ember tongs).  18th century.

Why do we love them? While a blacksmith worked with raw iron to make larger and sometimes crude items, the pipe tongs were formed by a whitesmith, exercising finess and craftsmenship to create an elegant and intricate instrument.  The tongs incorporate a pipe tamp (to tamp down the tobacco before lighting), penny pincers (to grab a hot ember from the fire to light the pipe) and a pick (to clean out the finished pipe).