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Date Made/Found: n.d.
Maker: Edwin Hunter , c1814-1873
Material and Medium: steel
Dimensions: Overall: 58 × 202mm (2 5/16 × 7 15/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L7.9.75.46
This pair of scissors was manufactured in the mid 1800s by the Sheffield firm Edwin Hunter. They were exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in London as part of Hunter’s prize winning scissors display. Hunter’s scissors are intricately hand filed with detailed ornamentation and appealing patterns. Needlework was a popular pastime for Victorian ladies and many elegant styles and designs of scissors were produced. Long-beaked birds, like this one, were a popular motif because the shape of the beak suits the mechanism of scissor blades. The scissor screw is coloured blue and represents the eye of the bird. When the Sheffield City Museum (now Weston Park Museum) opened in 1875, Edwin Hunter’s family donated over 230 pairs of scissors to the collection.
Display Location: In Store
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