Old School MeTaL pÖrN! Who got something new this week?
I've picked up a few basic pieces in the last couple of weeks. Nothing interesting until Monday, when I was buying a group of silver items and the seller asked if I wanted these. He knew the blades were steel and the handles didn't weigh much, so he threw them in on the lot for free.
They are Victorian scissors, probably more properly called "grape shears". When fruit was served at a nice meal, it was considered gauche to just tear off a bunch of grapes from the larger bunch. You were expected to use shears to cut the section you wanted. That's probably what these were designed after, though I suspect in reality they were also just kind of nicer household scissors. The Æsop's Fable about the fox and the sour grapes seems to be the theme of the design and that would be appropriate for grape shears.
I didn't look too hard, but I couldn't find an exact match. If anyone wants to give it a shot ( @asheland ), feel free:
International Silver Co.
Marked "STERLING 254", which is likely the model or pattern number.
Still very sharp and usable. Thought they were pretty cool for free. What'd you get this week?
--Severian the Lame