Pair of iron coal tongs. Hand wrought. Scissor-type. Slight inward curl at tips. Shellacked. Hand wrought in 1830 by Benjamin B. Bonner at the Orr Community in Troup, Smith County, Texas. He came to Texas in 1830 from Alabama. He was the first Tax Assessor for his district after Texas became a Republic and remained at Troup until his death. The tongs remained in use with his family until they were donated to the Museum.
L. 26 x W. 4 in (L. 66 x W. 10.2 cm)
Place of Origin
Cohia y Tejas (Mexico) ; Smith County (Tex.)
Gift to San Jacinto Museum of History from W. W. Bonner.
Artisan or Artist
Bonner, Benjamin B.
iron ; tongs ; metalworking
Materials Facet -- Materials (Hierarchy Name) -- materials (matter) -- inorganic material -- metal -- iron (metal) ; Objects Facet -- Furnishings and Equipment (Hierarchy Name) -- Tools and Equipment (Hierarchy Name) -- equipment -- tongs (devices) ; Activities Facet -- Processes and Techniques (Hierarchy Name) -- metalworking
Furnishings -- temperature control equipment -- heating equipment accessories -- accessory, fireplace -- tongs, fireplace
tools and equipment -- heating equipment -- tongs
Process or Technique
San Jacinto Museum of History Artifact Collection
Local Resource Number
San Jacinto Museum of History
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