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I've never seen scissors like these before. so i researched these and found some on ebay. the listing had a dated advertisement for 1901. they are compact when folded up (pic 2) and have a little latch (pic 2) that you open and they unfold (pic 3 is their mid-unfolding step). they are marked "Marshall Field and Company Germany." hopefully you can see that in pic 2 or 4, please double click the image to enlarge if you can't see it.

they are sharp and in working condition. there is a file on the side of one of the blades.they are for sewing, though after using the "thumb-hole scissors" (which is not a technical term per se for the type of scissors we use now) I find them incredibly difficult to use without using both hands or some chopsticks like finagling of my fingers.

there is a hairline crack in the mother of pearl. its over a hundred years old, whatcha gonna do. i don't consider the piece "ruined" because of this, but I have detracted from the price.

folded up it measures 2.325 inches/ 65 mm.
unfolded (not including the latch part that sticks out), it measures 4 inches/ 10.5 cms.

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victorian vintage sewing or purse scissors germany foldable tools mother of pearl handable 1900s


  • Vintage Supply from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: mother of pearl, metal
  • Ships worldwide from Florida, United States
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