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H10371 Sheep shears, for hand shearing sheep, steel / leather, marked 'Combination UT SN Sheffield', made in Sheffield, England, 1950-1955, [used by Ron Bell, New South Wales, Australia]. Click to enlarge.

Hand sheep shears made in Sheffield, England, 1950-1955

Made
This is a pair of hand operated sheep shears made in Sheffield, England, between 1950 and 1955. They were used from the 1950s on farms around New South Wales to shear stud sheep for shows.

The technique of Australian shearing gradually developed from the 1830s using the old English method of cutting the flank with hand shears in a series of circular cuts from the sheep's neck to the tail. An improvement was cutting the wool in the opposite direction from the tail to neck called the long …

Summary

Object No.

H10371

Object Statement

Sheep shears, for hand shearing sheep, steel / leather, marked 'Combination UT SN Sheffield', made in Sheffield, England, 1950-1955, [used by Ron Bell, New South Wales, Australia]

Physical Description

Sheep shears, for hand shearing sheep, steel / leather, marked 'Combination UT SN Sheffield', made in Sheffield, England, 1950-1955, [used by Ron Bell, NSW, Australia]

A pair of hand operated blade shears. The metal shears consist of two scissor like blades with a hinge at the top of the handle. Looped around the handle of the shears is a leather drive strap. There are additional pieces of leather, called knockers, attached to the surface shears to prevent steel to steel contact

Marks

Text marked onto each blade reads 'COMBINATION / UT SN / SHEFFIELD'.

Dimensions

Height

34 mm

Width

118 mm

Depth

368 mm

Production

Made

Notes

The blade shears were made in Sheffield England between 1950 and 1955.

History

Notes

The shears were owned by Alexander McGregor Bell and used to prepare stud sheep for show and sale on NSW properties.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Ron Bell, 1984

Acquisition Date

27 August 1984

Cite this Object

Harvard

Hand sheep shears made in Sheffield, England, 1950-1955 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 4 October 2022, <https://ma.as/232583>

Wikipedia

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