Victorian American Sterling Silver Embroidery / Sewing Scissors ~ Rare ~ Native American Indians, Corn, Arrows, Tomahawks
Following the start of the sterling souvenir spoon craze in 1891, many of the designs used for those spoons were also used for other sterling novelties by the Victorians. This pair of sewing or embroidery scissors is a perfect example. The Native Americans have been immortalized in sterling silver on spoons, scissors, match safes, watches, etc., and are highly collectible.
These embroidery scissors were usually found ensconced in a scissors sheath and attached to a chatelaine worn by Victorian women.
The top of each handle is decorated with hollow profiles of an Indian brave. Around the handle there are ears of corn with the husks splayed out along with some long corn leaves as well. At the bottom of the handle, there are two arrows beside a tomahawk. The handles are double sided so that the identical design is shown on both sides.
The handles are marked STERLING at the bottom of each tomahawk on both sides. The blades,. below the handles, are not sterling but some other white metal - probably steel. The blades are marked GERMANY with an illegible maker's mark.
They measure just under 4" long and 2" wide at the top. One side of one sterling handle, the profile, is pushed in and the blades themselves have some pitting just below the sterling silver handles. The screw was decorated at one time but has worn down some. Other than that, the scissors are in great shape.
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