Saturday, December 25, 2010

#44 Thread Nippers

Thread nippers are small scissors for use in embroidery and other sewing and craft activities.  They are open at rest, and can be close by placing your thumb in the thumb hole and wrapping your fingers around the scissors.

Maker: --
Model: --
Materials: Metal
Year: Modern
Length: 4.5", 12cm
Description: As shown.
Value: 0

Thursday, December 23, 2010

#43: German Cruciform Scissors

Maker: BETZ Co
Model: --
Materials: Metal, probably steel because they show rust.
Year: Antique? People date the around 1900, but I am not sure.
Length: 9.5" long

Description: As shown. Cross-design on handles. This pair is in poor condition.  Good to mint examples would have a higher value. These scissors are fairly common and easy to find. I think they also come in a smaller size that is about 6" long.

The design is often described in terms such as Gothic and Art Nouveau.

The scissors seem not uncommon especially for their age.

Value: $1, up to $20 for mint.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

#42: Small Steel Scissors

Maker: Unknown USA
Model: --
Materials: Steel
Year: ?
Description: As shown. Marked "STEEL USA".
Value: $1

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

#41: Unidentified

Maker: --
Model: --
Materials: Metal
Year: ?
Description: As shown. Marked "U.S.A."
Value: 50c

Monday, December 20, 2010

#40: Small Wiss Pinkers

Maker Wiss
Model:CB-5
Materials: Metal
Year:Made between August 1952 to April 1962.
Description: As shown.
Value: 50c

Edited to add: I now have an example with box and inserts

Sunday, December 19, 2010

#39: Enderes Scissors

Maker: Enderes
Model: --
Materials: Metal
Year: ?
Description: As shown.
Value: 50c

Saturday, December 18, 2010

#38: USA scissors

Maker: Unknown
Model: --
Materials: Metal
Year: ?
Description: As shown.
Value: 50c


Friday, December 17, 2010

#37: W&L Hargreaves Shear

Maker: WAL Hargreaves
Model: --
Materials: Metal
Year: ?
Length: 10"
Description: As shown.
Value: $1


Thursday, December 16, 2010

#36: Superman Scissors

Maker: Dyno Merchandise Corporation
Model:  Superman
Materials: Plastic and metal
Year: 1978
Description: Made for DC Comics
Value: ~$10

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wiss (J Wiss and Sons)

Wiss (1848-1976) specialized in the production of scissors and shears. Wiss is now part of Cooper Industries, scissors manufactured under the umbrella of Apex Tools.

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Examples:
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#35: Wonder Woman Scissors

Maker: Dyno Merchandise Corporation
Model: Wonder Woman
Materials: Plastic and metal
Year: 1978
Length: --
Description: Made for DC Comics
Value: ~$10

Given the long and rather salacious tradition of making scissors, nutcrackers etc in the shape of a woman, I think this design is in rather questionable taste. Also the design and execution is not terribly good.  Nevertheless this does seem to be official merchandising not a knock off.  These scissor do not seem to be rare.  Prices range from 7 to 12 dollars.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

#34: KSC Multi-tool scissors


Maker: Wiss
Model: KSC stands for Kitchen Shears Chrome. Includes bottle opener and Mason jar openers.
Materials: Metal
Year: Vintage 1960s or 70s
Length: 8"
Description: As shown, no evidence of enamel on the handle.
Value: $1
Listing corrections courtesy of Don Wiss

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Is It Scissor or Scissors?

Scissors are counted as two objects joined together, this 'scissors' or 'a pair of scissors' is correct. 'Scissors' is a plural noun. Thus "look at these scissors" is correct, "look at this scissors" is not. Although "look at this pair of scissors" is also correct.

Definition of SCISSORS (Merriam-Webster): "a cutting instrument having two blades whose cutting edges slide past each other."

Each blade in the pair is one scissor, although this usage has effectively become obsolete, which sometimes leads to some confusion in the implements having a plural name. 

It is the same principle that applies to pants with each side and leg hole being a 'pant', and glasses, with a 'glass' for each eye.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

#33: German Scissors

Maker:  Unknown
Model: Unknown
Materials: Metal
Year: Vintage
Length: 18cm, "
Description: Not in great condition, as shown. Matked "Made in Germany".
Value: 50c

Sunday, November 14, 2010

#32: Mareth Brand Scissors

Maker: Mareth?
Model: Unknown
Materials: Metal
Year: Vintage
Length: 22.5cm, 8.75"
Description: Plain, silver colored everyday scissors but with remanant of black paint on the handles. I was not able to find anything on this maker.
Value: 50c

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Stork Scissors


The stork scissor design descends from a style of clamp used by midwives. However for the last 200 years stork scissors are general smaller thread cutting scissors used in embroidery and other thread-crafts.  These stork scissors are general gold toned and small in size--like the example shown left in an 1899 advertisement for Clauss Shears.

see also:Why Storks?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dagger Scissors

Dagger scissors are also called bodice scissors or a whore's dagger.  They were said to serve both a scissors and a lady's self-defense weapon.  However others argue they wee not in serious use and were purely a novelty item.  These were common from the medieval through to the Victorian period.

Examples

Sunday, July 25, 2010

#31 Modern replica

Maker: Sword and Armory
Model: KE001SL and KE001GD
Materials: Stainless steel blade, metal handle.
Year: modern
Length: 25cm, 10"
Description: As shown. Art scissors in the style of  'dagger' scissors.  These scissors are inspired by a medieval (14th C) design that functioned both as scissors and a dagger and could be used by women in self-defence.  Also called 'bodice scissors'. Available in silver and metal handle.
Value: $10

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Barber Scissors

Scissors with single finger handled, and a spur or hook on the upper handle are called barber scissors. The are most often used in hairdressing, barbering and other cosmetic hair work.  The design allows for a high degree of precision when using scissors away from any guide or surface.

Various versions of this type of shears are patented, including designs as recent as 2004 and 2006.

Examples:
#30 Newark barber shears

#30 Newark barber shears

Maker: Unknown
Model: Unknown
Materials: Unknown
Year: Vintage?
Length: 21.5cm, 8.25"
Description: As shown. An unclear mark "NEWARK".
Value: $1?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

#29 Stork Scissors


Stork scissors seem to have originated as a mid-wife's clamp. The evolved over time into a much small, simpler design with cutting rather than clamping blades. Stork scissors all follow a similar design and most of the a treated to have a gold appearance. They range widely in age and most are relatively modern and not marked--making exact age and value difficult to determine.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

#28 Cream Handled Nutrcrackers

Maker: Unknown
Model: Unknown
Materials: Unknown
Year: Vintage?
Length: 20cm, 8"
Description: As shown.

#27 Green-handled Compton

Maker: Compton
Model: unknown
Materials: unknown
Year: unknown
Length: 6"/15cm
Description: Standard office scissors, green-painted handle.
Estimated value: $1

The green-painted handles may not be original as there are also traces of black paint.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Bookend (in progress)

I decided to make a pair of bookends. This is the first one. If you can tell what it is meant to represent you should probably be very worried, it means you think a bit like me.... (it's about half done).