Learn about Asparagus Tongs

As the name indicates, these were tongs designed for serving asparagus. They were in use from around 1780 to 1830. and over that time the design evolved. The earliest form had a sppring jaw with a number of small concave ridges along the inner face, for holding the asparagus spears. Later examples had a tong action with pireced decoration, or a pair of rounded holders for gripping the circular stems of the asparagus.
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English hallmarked sterling silver George IV pair of asparagus servers having pierced blades, with original screws & guard, engraved with a stag armorial. London, 1826, maker Charles Eley. Condition: good minor tarnishing. Length 25.5 cm. Weight 177g

Pair Victorian sterling silver asparagus tongs fiddle pattern with pierced oblong grips, London, 1854, maker Elizabeth Eaton

Twelve Norwegian silver asparagus forks maker J Tostrup, Kristinaia, 350gms approx.

Pair of early Victorian silver asparagus servers hallmarked London 1843, 26.5 cm long 285gms approx

Pair of early Victorian silver asparagus servers hallmarked London 1839, 24 cm long, 140gms approx

German silver 800 standard cutlery setting comprising twenty four main forks, seventeen main knives, eighteen main spoons, eighteen entree forks, eighteen entree knives, twelve dessert spoons, twelve fruit forks, twelve fruit knives, six fish forks, six fi

A pair of George IV period crested silver asparagus tongs, plain fiddle pattern with oblong shaped blades. London 1829 by William Elliot. Length 24 cm

A pair of George IV crested silver asparagus tongs, fiddle and thread pattern with pierced oblong shaped blades. London 1827 by William King. Length 25 cm

Pair of Irish silver asparagus tongs Dublin 1785, maker B.T (Benjamin Tait)

A pair of sterling silver asparagus tongs, 1852 London, with unclear maker's marks of four initials within a cartouche, the tongs of typical form with a pierced fan like motif to the rectangular blades, hallmarked to the inside stem and also to the strap f

A George IV silver asparagus server. Maker William Eley & William Fearn. London 1823. Albert pattern, with blades pierced with droplets and scrolls.

A pair of sterling silver George III asparagus servers. 1811 London, with maker's mark for Williams Eley, Fearn and Chawner. The King pattern servers of typical form with long flat blades, and a cross bracket attached to one blade and handle; hallmarked to

Set sterling silver fiddle patterned asparagus tongs, with pierced decorated blades, dublin 1831, maker Pw

An American silver pair of asparagus tongs, by Black, Starr & Frost, with ornately pierced blades and monogrammed to the handle. Weight 232gms

Victorian silver Albert pattern asparagus servers, with heavy gauge Albert pattern, blades pierced with droplets and scrolls, Hayne and Cater, London 1845. Length 27 cm. Weight 280 grams

William Chawner, pair of sterling silver asparagus serving tongs, plain bowed Old English pattern with internally ribbed blades, one engraved on outside with crest, bearing marks for William Chawner, London 1814. Weight 175grs. Length 24 cm

West Australian sterling silver, set of eight Arts & Crafts asparagus tongs, late 20th century, by Terry Walsh, signed. Length 11.5 cm

George III hallmarked sterling silver asparagus tongs London 1824, maker Charles Ely. Pierced design, engraved to handle 'Ex Dono, Lockhart Johnstone, Armr. 1824, Thesaur.' length 26 cm

Selection of 18th and 19th century British sterling silver flatware including; Kings Ware basting spoon, Dublin 1818, with a sifting basting spoon Ensuite, George III soup ladle London 1798, George III fish Slice, three George III table spoons Edinburgh 18

An extensive Queen's pattern plated flatware service, by Elkington & Co of Birmingham, late 19th century, comprising twenty four each of table spoons, table forks, dessert spoons and dessert forks, twelve each of fish knives and fish forks, two egg spoons,

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