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