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Object Name Tongs, Ice
Date 1910-1930
Maker Gifford-Wood Co.
Material Steel/Iron
Used Raquette Lake
Description Small, light-weight ice tongs of the type generally used on delivery trucks. "Boston Tongs, Extra Hollow Handle" (see Notes) were popular because the handle was stiffer and much more comfortable. The hollow handles are made of a light pipe, the two bows are rivited together just below the handles. The points are made of tempered steel to hold sharp edges and points. Stamped in one bow is "Gifford-Wood Co. Hudson, NY" and "542-20 IN." on the other. Used in home delivery of ice, Town of Raquette Lake.
Notes Reference: 1925 Gifford-Wood Co. Catalog No. 1026N, pg. 45 "Boston Tongs. Extra Hollow Handle, No. 542." "Boston Tongs, extra hollow handle (painted black) have gas-pipe handles of special quality, 7/8-in. diameter. They are very popular and are rapidly taking the place of the regular solid handle tongs, being stiffer and much more comfortable for the hand. Special steel used in the bosd and points entire."
Dimensions W-13.75 L-20 D-5.25 inches
Collection CIIH020 Ice Handling
Catalog Number 1957.116.0002
Other number AM 0730
Imagefile 051\1957.116.0002HANDLES.JPG
Species Tongs, Ice