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Scissors and Case

1500-1600
Place Of Origin

Shears were used for cutting through fabric, in preparation for sewing. These shears, and their accompanying sheath, are gilded and inlaid with mother of pearl; decorated with stars and human figures. They may have formed part of a bride’s trousseau, or collection of household goods gathered in preparation for marriage.


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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Scissors
  • Scissors Sheath
Brief Description
Small shears inlaid with mother of pearl and incised with a star shaped design with matching case.
Dimensions
  • Height: 9.2cm (Note: Height of shears without sheath.)
Summary
Shears were used for cutting through fabric, in preparation for sewing. These shears, and their accompanying sheath, are gilded and inlaid with mother of pearl; decorated with stars and human figures. They may have formed part of a bride’s trousseau, or collection of household goods gathered in preparation for marriage.
Bibliographic Reference
Wheeler, Jo Renaissance secrets, recipes and formulas . London: V&A, 2009, pp 58-9
Collection
Accession Number
5604-1859

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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