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Asparagus tongs

Asparagus tongs

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)
    England (made)

  • Date:

    1794-1795 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Peter and Ann Bateman (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by C. D. Rotch

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 65, The Whiteley Galleries, case 25

These asparagus tongs have a scissor-like action and might also have been used to serve chops and steaks. There are records of asparagus tongs in the 17th century but the earliest surviving examples date from about 1750. The advantage of silver was that it did not discolour the asparagus or taint the butter sauce.

Physical description

Asparaguc tongs. Silver engraved with interlacing lines., Flat jaws, ribbed on the inside, united by a bow-spring and a band. Engraved with a heraldic crest (unidentified).

Place of Origin

London (made)
England (made)


1794-1795 (made)


Peter and Ann Bateman (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Peter and Ann Bateman

Engraved crest (unidentified)

London hallmarks for 1794-5


Height: 2 cm, Length: 26 cm, Depth: 6.7 cm, Weight: 111.8 g, Weight: 3.59 troy

Object history note

Gift - Rotch
Acquisition RF: 13 / 3269

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1794-5, mark of Peter and Ann Bateman

Labels and date

London, 1794-5
Mark of Peter and Ann Bateman
The tight business network of the Bateman family, specialists in flatware is described in Case 26. Peter Bateman, son of Hester, was apprenticed in 1755 and was at work until 1815. His sister-in-law Annbecame his partner in 1791 when her husband Jonanthan died.
Claude Rotch Gift
M.97-1913 [26/11/1996]






Eating; Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery


Metalwork Collection

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