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Bench Shears

ca. 1870
Origin: America, New York, Tarrytown
OL: 29" Length of cutting edges: 6 1/4"
Iron and steel
Gift of Stephen Eisenhart
Acc. No. 2014-67
Bench shears with blunt-ended elongated jaws.
Label:While the tinsmith would use a scissors-like hand shear to cut small pieces of tin, for larger cuts he would turn to the bench shears. Based on the same principal as the smaller version, this shear was mounted on a work bench or stump, and allowed the operator to put much more force into the cut, while offering good control.

The lower handle has a downward-pointing tang which fits into a hole in the workbench or stump. A similar projection at the end of the top handle acted as a stop, bearing on the lower one and preventing the used from crushing his knuckles.
Provenance:From the Eisenhart collection of tinsmithing tools.
Mark(s):Marked C. BROMBACKER TARRYTOWN NY WARRANTED CAST STEEL PATENTED JAN. 18 1870 on the lower handle near the pivot bolt.