Miniature scissors, 19th century

Made:
1801-1900

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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.

Details

Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
1980-1336
type:
scissors
credit:
Hull Grundy, A.