In 1972, the Fredericton Region Museum received a pair of tongs that are now on display in the Museum.

No, these are not your average salad tongs, these are in fact an old pair of horse hoof clippers. The tongs are made of iron and attached by a single bolt. One handle happens to be 2.7 inches longer than the other.

These are still a popular tool today, although more advanced and expensive. They can cost over $200 today, while hoof clippers, sometimes known as “nippers”, cost just a few dollars many years ago.

The tongs were donated by Mr. Robin McArthur, who also donated other artefacts such as a candy dish and a checkerboard.