Probably Sheffield, England
J. Prime (est. 1839)
1-5/8 in x 6-3/8 in x 2-1/8 in
Electroplated silver on steel
Historic Odessa Foundation, gift of H. Rodney Sharp
The maker's marks, “Pri / me” in an oval or shield, is stamped into the scissor blade near the box in manner suggesting hallmarks.
A rear foot is replaced, and the circular hinge cover and hinge is repaired.
Ex coll. H. Rodney Sharp
This snuffer or candle wick trimmer is made of steel, as many 19th century examples were, but it was then electro-plated with silver, a process not put into production until the 1840s. Fortunately, the snuffer is marked by the maker, whose business was established in 1839.
The primary use of this tool was to trim candle wicks by cutting the wick, removing the burnt end, and keep the candle burning.