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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