Cutlery specialist Arthur Price has unearthed an extraordinary pair of scissors that have probably not seen the light of day for a century and a half.
The beautifully-engraved stainless steel scissors, which measure 3ft in length, were crafted by master cutlery maker George Butler in Sheffield for display at the Great Exhibition, a celebration of modern industry and commerce held in London in 1851.
Following their brief spell in the public eye they were packed away and forgotten. But now, 160 years later, the renovation of an old warehouse by Arthur Price – which took George Butler’s company over in 1994 – has led to their rediscovery.
Arthur Price now plans once again to give the scissors the exposure they deserve. Chief executive Simon Price told HousewaresLive.net: “At some point in the near future they will be on display in Harrods and can be purchased for £40,000.”