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Metal bench shears with long straight handles with bend at ends, for insertion into the work bench. Used for making blown glass vessels.
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.
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