Gorham Solid Sterling Silver 1892 Grape Shears
Identified as "scissors" (see image 2) in the 1892 Gorham catalog, this form is also referred to as grape shears. A typical example from the period has hollow handles incorporating a grape design with steel (often German) blades. This pair is quite innovative, abandoning convention. They are solid sterling silver with the exception of an applied steel (to create an effective cutting edge) on one of the blades. The grips are large and round, while the arms have a block pattern. The hinge is circular, with a bulls eye design. There is an "SW" monogram located near the hinge. They are 5 3/8" long and weigh just over 2.0 T. oz. including the portion that is steel. They are in very good condition. The hinge is secure, the finish is appealing, and they are free of damage. Marks are Sterling, lion, anchor, G, and the model number 80.