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Early Grape Scissors, 1803

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Grape Scissors - Openwork Handles - London 1803 by Thomas Radcliffe - 15.7cm long; 96g - PN/4228

Early Grape Scissors, 1803






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Dating from the first few years of the 19th century, these are a very early pair of grape scissors.

 

This pair of grape shears were made by Thomas Radcliffe who was a specialist candlesnuffer maker (aka wick trimmers) and they show several clear examples of how grape scissors were first fashioned. Presumably candlesnuffer makers found an alternative use for their skills! Firstly, the openwork handles are very typical of candlesnuffers made at the turn of the 18th/19th centuries and as with candlesnuffers, the hallmarks are spread between both finger rings. Furthermore the handles are raised from the table on two feet to ease picking them up and this feature often seen on candlesnuffers, is rarely seen on grape scissors.

 

The central pivot is well constructed and is of the type that can be found at any future date. These interesting grape scissors have a good solid weight and are in superb condition.

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