Scisors, for cutting the umbilical cord, 19th century.
2 9 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Scisors, for cutting the umbilical cord, 19th century.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

These miniature scisors are made of silver-gilt and may have been used for cutting the umbilical cord of newborn babies. They are designed to look like a stork, with the blades forming the beak, suggesting a connection to childbirth. The tiny size of the scisors is shown clearly in relation to the fingertips.
 

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10284359
 

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