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Scissors
Date Made/Found: n.d.
Manufacturer: Edwin Hunter , c1814-1873
Material and Medium: steel
Dimensions: Overall: 37 x 100mm (1 7/16 x 3 15/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L7.9.75.17
This pair of delicate embroidery scissors was manufactured in the early to mid 1800s by the Sheffield firm Edwin Hunter. They may have been 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 designs and this pair features a moth on the inner parts of the bows. Needlework was a popular pastime for Victorian ladies and many elegant styles and designs were produced. When the Sheffield City Museum (now Weston Park Museum) opened in 1875, Edwin Hunter’s family donated his exhibition scissors to the collection.
Display Location: In Store
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