Antique Sheathed Sterling Silver Fish Scissors * English * Circa 1840
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Antique Sheathed Sterling Silver Fish Scissors * English * Circa 1840:
Antique Sheathed Sterling Silver Fish Scissors
English * Circa 1840
These rare little sterling silver (tested) handled embroidery scissors and their sterling sheath are at least 170 years old. The scissors shanks are modeled as fierce little fish or dolphins and the bows are snakes. A scale pattern decorates the sheath. They were made in England in the early 19th century, probably by Joseph Taylor of Birmingham.English silversmiths didn't mark small items (and have to pay duty on them) until required to by law in the early 1880s.
They have tight blades, intact points and cut beautifully to the tips. There is a repair at the bottom of one of the bows but the silver on the scissors (and sheath) is in otherwise excellent condition. The sheath is a nice snug fit on the scissors. The scissors measure 3 5/8" long (also 3 5/8" in the sheath). They were probably once part of a boxed set of tools. A pair are shown in their set on p. 65 of Bridget McConnel's book The Story of Antique Needlework Tools.
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