Prior to the invention of the classic scissors, small shears such as this were used for sewing/needlework. These steel shears fit nicely in the hand but require reasonable force to close the points, but these cut well to the tips. When acquired from Nerylla Taunton, author of “Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries”, these shears were stated to be an 18th century example. The condition is very good for age. These would be a great addition to a collection of early scissors or to place in an 18th century needlework box. Length 4 ins (10.1cm). Weight 28 grams.