Rare Wooden "EEL Tongs" with Primitive Cut-Nails used has holding Teeth !!! Hand Crafted from Solid Oak with Chamfered corners on the Handles, Round headed carriage Bolt type pivot joint with a period square Nut on the other side. The mouth of the Tongs were pre-drilled for the Nail teeth to be inserted to avoid the wood frame from splitting. Original & untouched wood Patina with a spot of Red paint seen on the Square Head Nut. Circa 1800's.
I believe that this is a smaller size used for Fresh Water EELS, whereas there are longer versions in museums which have longer wooden handle extensions attached to forged tongs for larger Salt Water EELS. Overall Wood Tongs are 21 1/2 inches in Length.
A Great Conversation Piece for Fisherman & Tackle Collectors.
Historical Note : Live EELS were shipped in Wooden Barrels to Fish Markets and Kitchens in an attempt to prove that the meat would be fresh. Then you needed tongs to avoid being bitten by their sharp teeth when inserting them or removing the Live Eels from the barrel.