Monday, September 29, 2008

#21: Wiss Equity No 39

Maker: Wiss Equity
Model: No 39
Materials: Steel
Year: Unknown
Length: 23cm/9"
Description: as shown
Estimated value: $1



Thursday, September 18, 2008

#20: German Sheath scissors

Maker: Unknown
Model: Unknown
Materials: Unknown
Year: Unknown
Length: 33cm/13"
Description: Slightly warped example. Stamped 'GERMANY'.
Estimated value: $15--$25 if undamaged

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

#19: Compton U-Set

Maker: Reliance Compton, Newark NJ, USA
Model: Unknown
Materials: Unknown
Year: 1941+, vintage
Length: 28cm/11"
Description: As shown. Remnants of black paint. Stamped with a 1941 patent
Estimated value: $5



Tuesday, September 16, 2008

#16, #17, #18: Patterned-Handle Scissors

Maker: Eversharp
Model: Unknown
Materials: Steel
Year: Modern?
Length: Unknown
Description: As shown. Blade marked 'CHICAGO MAIL ORDER CO'. Handle very faintly stamped 'Eversharp, FORGED STEEL, USA'.
Estimated value: .50c

Maker: Unknown
Model: Unknown
Materials: Steel
Year: Modern?
Length:
Description: As shown. Stamped 'STEEL, U.S.A.'.
Estimated value: .50c


Maker: Unknown
Model: Unknown
Materials: Steel
Year: Modern?
Length:
Description: As shown. Stamped 'FORGED STEEL, U.S.A.'.
Estimated value: .50c



Monday, September 15, 2008

#15: Equity Shear Co Shears

Makers: Equity Shear Co, Newark
Model: Unknown
Materials: Unknown
Year: Unknown
Length: 30cm/12"
Description: As shown. Remanants of both green and black paint on the handles. The makers stamp is very faint but seems to read 'EQUITY SHEAR CO NEWARK'.
Estimated value: $1

Sunday, September 14, 2008

About collecting scissors

It is still relatively uncommon for people to collect scissors and this gives the hobby many advantages. The key advantage being that interesting antique (100 year old +) and vintage (50-100 years old) scissors can be acquired for very little money. Almost all of the scissors shown on this blog were purchased cheaply, about $5 for a vintage pair, about $10 for an antique pair--for a mixed lot the per scissor price is often only about a dollar. As I am not interested in museum specimen quality, but actually prefer tools that have seen use, wear and even repair, I have acquired a large and interesting collection primarily of larger vintage linear design scissor--the kind I find most attractive.

There are many interesting types of scissor to collect. Some people prefer the ornate designs, medical scissors, or very early examples. Foldable scissors are fascinating and take up very little space. Candle snuffers are no longer useful to most people and so even very old examples may be purchased for a few dollars. And for the more macho collector there are many models of scissor that doubled as daggers, for a lady's self-defense. If you are more interested in creating scissor art, modern scissors can be bought cheaply in bulk secondary to airport seizures.

If you also collect scissors or even just have a few interesting or rare example, I would love to see pictures and to link to any related blogs.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

#13: Wiss Model A Pinking shears [vintage]

Maker: Wiss
Model: Model A
Materials: Unknown
Year: Design begins 1934, this model 1940s
Length: 26cm/10.25"
Description: As shown. Marked with patent 1955443 (1932), 1970408 (1931) and 1959190 (1934)
Estimated value: $1





Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Catalog: A Henkel 1959 Surgical [modern]

Click images to enlarge. Includes surgical scissors, bandage scissors, dissecting scissors, microscopic scissors, nail nippers, barber sheers, light sheers, safety scissors and heavy trimmers.

Friday, September 5, 2008

#12: Red eversharps

Maker: Eversharp
Model: Unknown
Materials: Unknown
Year: Vintage?
Length: 18cm/7"
Description: As shown

Thursday, September 4, 2008

#11: J.A. Henckels shears

Maker: JA Henckels
Model: Unknown, heavy duty
Materials: Unknown
Year: Antique?
Length: 12"
Description: As shown, marked with the number '5'.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008