These tongs were contained in a tool chest belonging to woodworker Jesse Bryson Stalcup. These tongs were used by blacksmiths and farriers to hold and shape hot pieces of metal such as horseshoes. This is possibly a locally produced item. Stalcup was a skilled carpenter, millwright, and woodworker who worked in and around Waynesville and Macon County, North Carolina, as well as Hiawassee, Georgia, circa 1880s-1930. The chest contains a variety of woodworking tools typically used by craftsmen in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.