1) The making of scissors and shears were ancient crafts in Yorkshire, especially in Sheffield. The scissorsmiths saw themselves as distinct from shearsmiths and claimed the right to manufacture any item which operated on the pin principle, even some that were named ‘shears’.

When the Cutlers’ Company was incorporated in 1624 marks were immediately granted to 28 working scissorsmiths, and references to the occupation are frequent from that period: 1638 William Newbold, scissorsmith, Handsworth

1653-4 William Grimeshawe of Sheffeld scissorsmith.

dates 1638 1653-1654

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