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Bench shears

Bench shears
Title
Bench shears
Date 
ca. 1900
Medium 
Metal
Dimensions 
Overall: 27 1/4 x 9 in. ( 69.2 x 22.9 cm )
Description 
Metal bench shears with long straight handles with bend at ends, for insertion into the work bench. Used for making blown glass vessels.
Credit Line 
Purchase
Object Number 
2001.286
Gallery Label 
This pair of shears is among a group of sixteen tools used by Maurice Kelly (1879-1963), a glass blower who worked at Tiffany Studios from 1904 to 1918, as well as Quezal (1901-1903) and Durand Art Glass (1918-1920s). The tools, along with photographs and documents now housed in the NYHS library, were consigned to auction by Kelly's grandson and were acquired by NYHS. Included among the documents is a wage book recording Kelly's steady increase in pay from $19.25 to $35 per week.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group