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    Posted 10 years ago

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    Trying to learn if these shears were for fabrics - clothing/upholstery, which is what I believe, or other materials.
    Also the age? - Remember my father using them while growing up.
    Part of our parent's estate that includes other tools & antiques
    Still Work Great - Very Sharp.
    I was able to learn this much about these shears:
    Company established 1848 in NBewark New Jersey USA. These shears were the "Top of the Line" in their day & possibly today?
    Overall Length: 13"
    Blade Length: 7" Tip to Bolt
    Markings on the outside of each blade: "W 7 SS Newark N. J. USA" & "Steel Forged No. 22" inside an anvil. The inside of each blade is stamped near the bolt w/ what is either a "IL" or a "71".

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    1. Alpha1 Alpha1, 10 years ago
    2. donwiss, 9 years ago
      These were used to cut any type of fabric.

      It is hard to date these. The Model 22 was made for many decades. There are two things that can bracket when they were made. They started using the cloud logo around 1915. The matching numbers -- it would be a 71, there were probably 100 in the batch -- you see when you open them up were discontinued around the early 1960s.

      You can find the Model 22 in all the catalogs at the website.
    3. Zowie Zowie, 9 years ago
      I remember getting many blisters from these growing up in fact I think I still have a pair floating about with red handles.
    4. donwiss, 9 years ago
      The Model 22 was never made with red handles.
    5. donwiss, 9 years ago
      I've done some more research. Apparently the facile bolt was discontinued by 1941. So that narrows it down to 1915-1940.
    6. Militarist Militarist, 9 years ago
      There is even a longer version with a 9.25 inch blade that was used in publishing back in the old days of clip and paste before computers.
    7. donwiss, 9 years ago
      Now you are writing about paper shears. They generally don't have the bent handles that tailors' shears will always have. The largest paper shears were used by paper hangers. Wallpaper was very popular 100+ years ago.

      The largest Wiss tailors' shears -- and this thread is on Wiss -- was a model with 16-1/2" overall length. A 100 years ago the largest paper one was 18". In later years the largest for paper declined to 14".

      You can see the 18" one here:

      My largest paper shears is 14". It has an 8-1/2" blade.

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