This particular set is a wonderful example of antique asparagus tongs from the esteemed silver maker Mappin & Webb, and is delightfully decorated so that the tongs themselves are in the form of asparagus tips. This set was offered in its original presentation case.
There are types of asparagus servers with large, flat heads, so as to grab more than one piece of asparagus at a time, and there are also delicate, thin tongs.
Asparagus tongs or asparagus servers became an integral part of any comprehensive canteen service, and these services were designed to provide every obscure and unusual dining instrument possible.
Antique silver asparagus tongs are another fascinating item which serve to remind us of a bygone era, while also still being very useful while serving dinner.