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These small scissors are made of steel with fine sharp blades. It is believed they belonged to a physician and were used for delicate surgical procedures. The small engraved decorative work would make the scissors harder to clean. They could have been a haven for germs.

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Glossary: scissors

Cutting tool consisting of two bevel-edged cutting blades with handles and being movable past one another on a pivot in the center by which they are held together.

Glossary: surgery

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