Scissors case and scissors engraved with love devices and French mottoes

On display

The French inscriptions translate, 'Only death separates us' and 'Rather die than change'. Elegant cases for scissors were a common ladies' accessory and were designed to be hung from a belt or girdle.

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)

Details

  • Title

    Scissors case and scissors engraved with love devices and French mottoes

  • Associated place

    England (probable) (probable place of creation)
  • Date

    late 17th century
  • Material and technique

    silver and steel

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    case 8.3 cm (length)
  • No. of items

    3

  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by C. D. E. Fortnum, 1899.

  • Museum location

    Second floor | Gallery 55 | Silver
  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.

    WA1899.CDEF.V413

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Further reading

Schroder, Timothy, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 2009), 567

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