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From "Emar, Capital of Astata, in the Fourteenth Century BCE" By Jean-Claude Margueron:

    "Besides ceramics, occasionally collected in large quantities, the houses produced stone and metallic objects illustrating both day-to-day needs and the activities of city merchants: beer filters; containers; arrow and javelin heads; scales of armor; needles and scissors; long nails; bronze scrapers; millstones; mortars; many kinds of grindstones; pestles; various tools; and stone rings."


From "The Story of Scissors" by J. Wiss & Sons, 1948:

    "Egyptian bronze shears of the Third Century B.C., a unique object of art.  Showing Greek influence although with decoration characteristic of Nile culture, the shears are illustrative of the high degree of craftsmanship which developed in the period following Alexander's conquest of Egypt.  Decorative male and female figures, which complement each other on each blade, are formed by solid pieces of metal of a different color inlaid in the bronze shears."


Also from "The Story of Scissors" by J. Wiss & Sons, 1948:

    "Sir Flinders Petrie ascribes the development of cross-bladed shears to the First Century.  In the Fifth Century, the scribe Isidore of Seville, describes cross-bladed shears or scissors with a center pivot as tools of the barber and tailor."


Pinking shears as we know them today were first invented and patented in 1893 by Louise Austin, of Whatcom, Washington, "to facilitate pinking and scalloping and as a marked improvement over ordinary pinking irons and tools".

special thanks to "J W Hughes" for the research

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