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Umbilical cord scisors, 19th century.

Umbilical cord scisors, 19th century.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


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.

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