This is for pair of metal candle snuffer scissors which are rare original antiques from the 18th Century.
The scissor-like tool was used to trim the wick of a candle often without extinguishing the flame. The small receptacle on each tool caught the trimmed bit of wick. Trimming the wick prevented it from becoming too long.
These candle snuffers are from circa 1700s. Made of metal. They are in good condition for their age. They open and close. See photographs.
The snuffer in the shape of a bird measures approximately 5.5 inches in length, 2 inches in width, and 2 inches in height.
The snuffer in the shape of a cat measures approximately 6.5 inches in length, 2 inches in width, and 2 inches in height. This snuffer is discolored because of natural oxidation of the metal.
*A Very nice person told me that these scissors are candle snuffers. The burning wick is snuffed by being snipped off with the sharp edged blade then squashed into the box by the flat metal plate attached. The single long pointed scissor blade is usually curved to then mold the molten wax into a neat shape.
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