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Stork Clamps for Midwives

This isn't a pair of scissors, but a clamp and forceps. The Facebook page of the West Virginia Friends of Midwives says that the iconic stork scissors used in needlework began as a clamp. Midwives would use it to tie off the umbilical cord of a newborn baby. This particular example includes forceps. This decorative silver set dates back to 18th or 19th Century France. The snake is a reference to the Rod of Asclepius. The stork is, of course, a symbol of childbirth.

I have been unable to verify the identity of this object through outside sources.

-via The Soul Is Bone

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