Silver Ice Tongs | Pleasing Form Meets Functional Detail

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It’s so fabulous when form and function come together in a great piece of design. These silver ice tongs caught my eye from the moment I saw them…I love the shell ends.  But it wasn’t until I really thought about what I was looking at did the proverbial light bulb click on.

Silver Ice Tongs

silver ice tongs

Can you see shell shaped ends of these silver ice tongs? Now look for the holes on the far edge…that’s a clever piece of form meets function.

Examining every piece that comes across my desk often reveals details that I don’t notice at first glance.  These silver ice tongs are a great example.  The first thing that grabbed me was that they are large ice tongs…yay…I always love to get a pair in.  Then the shell shaped business end made me smile; always a pleasing design.

But as I looked further, and particularly as I studied the photos, I noticed and began to think about the holes on the outside edge of the shells.  They work with the design, but why are they there?  Of course, these are ice tongs!

What happens to ice after it sits out for any length of time?  It melts.  The holes facilitate faster draining of the melt water when you have dug into the ice bucket to grab a couple of pieces.  I actually spent a few moments testing my hypothesis.

The concave shape of the shells could potentially hold water.  The holes let it drain more easily.  Is it foolproof, no. But seeing how you would typically rotate the tongs around when scooping and removing ice, odds are you’d  get rid of the water and the holes would help.


As you know tongs are one of my favorite serving tools.  No need to limit yourself to sugar or ice or whatever they happen to be called.  These were paired up with a lemon cake during their photo shoot.  This particular lemon cake was a taste fail…happily I eventually found success with the  Lemon Olive Oil Cake…but the photo turned out nicely. 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Silver Ice Tongs | Pleasing Form Meets Functional Detail

  1. John EhlkeNo Gravatar

    It is rather interesting that despite the innovations in silver and silverplate that the Victorians came up with that focused on ice cold water (ceramic liners of ice water pitchers and whatnot) they really did not like their ice to make things wet..or be wet for that matter. I have several old Meridan pieces, a butter dish and ice bucket, both of which were designed with pierced plates to keep the ice melt away from the contents (butter or ice). It is interesting to see ice tongs with the same concept at play.

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