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H1110 Scissors, steel / brass, maker unknown, Japan, 1875-1892. Click to enlarge.

Japanese scissors

This object is one of a collection of Japanese domestic utensils, agricultural implements and tools were acquired by the Museum in 1892.

Many of the tools in this collection are pre-Meiji era (1868-1912). When Japan reopened its doors to the outside world in the middle of the 19th century, it was stagnating under a feudal system, which had divided society into four distinct castes: warriors, farmers, artisans and tradesman. At this time, Japan was an agrarian state. Approximately 80% of the …


Object No.


Object Statement

Scissors, steel / brass, maker unknown, Japan, 1875-1892

Physical Description

Scissors, steel / brass, maker unknown, Japan, 1875-1892

Steel scissors which are riveted together with a brass rivet. The handles a curved in an aesthetic and ergonomic design.



65 mm




Credit Line

Purchased 1892

Acquisition Date

21 June 1892

Cite this Object


Japanese scissors 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 September 2022, <>


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