Edwardian Dixon Sheffield Shears

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Traintime
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Edwardian Dixon Sheffield Shears

Postby Traintime » Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:03 pm

Small gothic "o" in octagonal for 1906. All three parts have sterling standard lion. Appear to be grape shears, but seeking confirmation of box angle blade. TIA!

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Re: Edwardian Dixon Sheffield Shears

Postby Bahner » Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:23 am

Hello, would agree that this is most likely for grapes. Regards, Bahner

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Re: Edwardian Dixon Sheffield Shears

Postby Traintime » Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:26 pm

Thank you Bahner. This seems to be the established concensus. To note, the actual cutting edge is only a small zone in towards the pivot point. Since you would not want to have to loose silver (filings) in a sharpening process, the edge appears to be self maintaining by reducing the gauge of metal (on the "L") as one moves inward from the nose/tip. Any filing or scraping would be confined to that cutting zone prior to final polishing, after which no work seems needed - tested, it sliced about 1/2" clean on paper. [Trev has a notes entry about the British attempt to recover from losing the blade (scissors, etc.) business to newer cost effective German practices around this era. It concerned actions by Sheffield makers.]


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