Victorian Silver-Mounted 'The Bircham Dagger Scissors', 1874
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Description: -Victorian Silver Mounted 'the Bircham Dagger Scissors', Thomas Johnson, London 1874. The scissors are modelled as a dagger within a chased scabbard. The scissors are hilt cast and chased overall with foliage, comprising flat tapering quillons with small spherical terminals, and waisted rounded grips. They are in their original silver scabbard chased with foliage inhabited by birds to one side with suspension ring, and to the other side is Poseidon atop a mythical dolphin. The metal tapering blades are hinged together and spring mounted, with one blade being etched 'The Bircham Dagger Scissors' and stamped 'Thornhill'. They are retailed by Thornhill, with London silver hallmarks for 1874, and the maker's mark of Thomas Johnson.
Assay: - .925 Sterling Silver.
Date: - 1874.
Period: - 19th Century.
Maker: - Retailed by Thornhill, and made by the silversmith Thomas Johnson.
Engraving: - The scissors are etched 'The Bircham Dagger Scissors' and stamped 'Thornhill'.
Measurement: - The scissors in scabbard measure 18.9 cm in length x 6.4cm (quillons width) x 1.1cm (scabbard depth). The scissors (without scabbard) measure 17.3cm (length).
Weight: - 75.0 grams / 2.41 troy ounces.
Condition: - The scissors are in good condition with very subtle rusting to the blade and general light wear to the raised design. The kite mark below the handle is partially rubbed. Please see photographs for confirmation of condition.
Item No: - 1590.