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Antique Sheathed Sterling Silver Fish Scissors * English * Circa 1840 For Sale
Sheathed Sterling Silver Fish Scissors
* Circa 1840
little sterling silver (tested) handled embroidery scissors
their sterling sheath are at least 170 years old. The scissors shanks
modeled as fierce little fish or dolphins and the bows are snakes. A
decorates the sheath.
They were made in England in the early 19th century, probably by Joseph
Taylor of Birmingham.English
didn't mark small items (and have to pay duty on them) until required
to by law in the early 1880s.
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
sheath is a
nice snug fit on the scissors. The
measure 3 5/8" long (also 3 5/8" in the sheath). They were probably
part of a
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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Antique Sheathed Sterling Silver Fish Scissors * English * Circa 1840: $291