Culture: Late medieval. 16th century
Area of Origin: Blackfriars, London.
Weight: 15.76 grams
Notes: Scissors are complete and intact. Central pivoting
rivet is present although the blades do not move. Both loops are
a similar size. Dating to 16th or 17th century, although the blade
shape suggests the late 16th century is likely.
When I first bought these,
they were fairly clean although not able to move at all. It looked
like they were clogged up with mud, not rust, so hours and hours
of painstaking work and I was able to free up the central pivot
and make them move again.
Provenance: Old Mudlark Collection.
Found River Thames, Blackfriars, London in the 1970s.
Similar to: British
Museum PAS, Finds Identified, Leahy and Lewis, Item LON-A1E3B3,
London. Dated 1400-1500, Iron scissors, Thames find. Although
these are longer, the style is similar with the two loops being
the same size and the spape when closed, very similar.