Thursday, October 17, 2013

#59 Shop Shear

Maker: Clauss
Model: No. 48
Materials: Steel
Year: Unknown
Length: 8"
Value: $5
Marked -- SHOP SHEAR CLAUSS No 48 U.S.A.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

#58 Unidentified Red-Handled Scissors

Maker: Unknown
Model: Unknown
Materials: Steel
Year: Unknown
Length: 7"
Value: $1

Friday, October 4, 2013

Compton, Newark NJ, USA

Compton (1899-) made scissors and shears as well as tin snips, razors and button-hole punches. Common brand and marketing names include Reliance and U-set.

 The advertising slogans included:
  • "Compton are good for a lifetime"

a.k.a. W. H. Compton Shear Co., Reliance Compton

#19: Compton U-Set
 #27 Green-handled Compton

Thursday, June 27, 2013

#57 H Boker 8

Maker: H Boker & Co
Model: 8
Materials: Steel
Year: 1924-1935/6
Length: 8"
Value: $10

H Boker & Co of Newark, New Jersey, operated from 1837 until 1959 when it was sold and renamed as Forgecraft.

#56 Duro-Chrome

Maker: Duro-Chrome
Model: --
 Materials: Metal
Year: Vintage to Modern
Length: 9"

Duro-chrome was founded in 1926.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

#55 H Fisher Nutcracker

Maker: Harrison Fisher Co
Model: Nutcracker
Materials: Metal
Year: Vintage
 Length: 9"

This unusual nutcracker / bottle opener design would have originally had white enamel handles. Marked Harrison Fisher and Co, Sheffield. H Fisher was a knife maker founded in 1896.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

#54 Heckers & Co

Maker: Heckers & Co
Model: --
Materials: Metal
Year: Antique
 Length: 6"

The only "Heckers and Company" I can find is a German "P Heckers & Co"  which was a chemicals company in 1889.

Monday, June 24, 2013

#53 Two Tone Bakelite

Model: --
Materials: Metal / Bakelite
Year: Vintage
 Length: 5"
Value: 50c

I am not really an expert on early plastics but I am guessing this is Bakelite. It was probably part of a matched set at some point.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

#52 Boye

Maker: Boye
Model: --
Materials: --
Year: Vintage to modern
 Length: 7.5"
Value: $1

I think these are made by Boye (1906-1989), a company that made knitting and crochet needles. Marked "boye hot forged tempered".

#51 Bunny scissors

Maker: --
Model: --
Materials: --
Year: Antique
Length: 3.75"
Value: $10 

I don't really know anything about these scissors but I am a sucker for figural scissors.  I am going to guess they are antique.  They have no markings.

Friday, June 21, 2013

#49 CANARY Pinking Shears

Maker: Canary, Japan
Model: Pinking shears
Materials: Metal -- probably stainless steel
Year: modern to vintage, estimated ~1950
Length: 9" long]
Value: $4-8

These shears come with or without that black enamel on the handle.  These shears are not particularly rare.  Modern versions are still in production but have a noticeably different design.

The full name of the manufacturer is "Red Canary" and these shears are not rare.