Originally Posted by tractorfarmer
I have seen fireplace tools that look similar to that on the end. The funny thing was, they also didn't have and way to hold a larger log. You would think whoever designed them would have made them with two long handles.
The log tongs you describe usually have a scissor action. I'm wondering if this was some sort of surgical instrument--perhaps forceps for a veterinarian. Horses were still used by the military when these bayonets were in use. They wouldn't be used by a regular surgeon because of the wood handles, which trap bacteria