Shears, Blade; Unknown manufacturer; 1900-1950; WY.0000.711

Name/Title

Shears, Blade

About this object

This is a pair of blade shears, commonly used for shearing sheep.

Blade shears consist of two blades arranged similarly to scissors except that the hinge is at the end farthest from the point. The cutting edges pass each other as the shearer squeezes them together. Blade shears leave some wool on a sheep and this is more suitable for colder parts of New Zealand where approximately half a million sheep are still shorn with blade shears each year. For those areas where no powered-machinery is available blade shears are the only option.

This pair has been carefully modified with string and leather to provide a more comfortable and reliable hand grip, generally known as a 'knocker' which would have helped prevent jarring.

Maker

Unknown manufacturer

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

1900-1950

Place Made

Unknown

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, iron
organic, processed material, vegetal, sisal
organic, processed material, animal, skin, mammal skin, cow skin, cow leather

Measurements

h 380 mm x w 165 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Agriculture

Object Type

equipment

Object number

WY.0000.711

Rights

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