Scissors case and scissors engraved with love devices and French mottoesOn display
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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)
Scissors case and scissors engraved with love devices and French mottoes
Datelate 17th century
Material and technique
silver and steel
Dimensionscase 8.3 cm (length)
No. of items
Bequeathed by C. D. E. Fortnum, 1899.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 55 | Silver
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Schroder, Timothy, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 2009), 567