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Dog Tongs

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T4898
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1750 - 1900


In the 18th century, it was quite usual for people living in rural areas to take their dogs to church. As dogs cannot always be relied on to behave properly, many churches kept a pair of these expanding tongs handy so that they could separate aggressive animals. This pair with its iron grips would work best on long-haired, rather than short-haired dogs.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century or 19th century
Medium:Joined and carved.
Place of Origin:Wales - possibly


Height:138.5 cm
Width:67.5 cm