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Shears
Material and Medium: stainless steel
Dimensions: Overall: 47 x 110mm (1 7/8 x 4 5/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: 1971.915a
This is a pair of gardening scissors made in Sheffield in the early to mid 1900s by the scissormakers John & William Ragg. They are designed for pruning or cutting flower stems and have a semi-circle cut out of the centre of each blade. The scissors are made from Stainless steel and are early production designs. Stainless steel was discovered in 1913 by the Sheffield chemist Harry Brearley. Once the metal was fully developed in the period following the First World War, it took over from conventional steel as the main material for making cutlery as its non-rust properties make objects more durable and longer lasting.
Display Location: In Store
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