Miniature scissors, 19th century
Silver-gilt scissors, miniature, for umbilical cord(?), 1801-1900
These miniature scissors are made of silver-gilt and may have been used for cutting the umbilical cord of newborn babies. Alternatively they could be sewing scissors. They are designed to look like a stork, with the blades forming the beak, suggesting a connection to childbirth and explaining the confusion over their function.
- Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
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- Hull Grundy, A.
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