This is a great collection of four antique French grape vine pruning secateurs.
These would make a wonderful display on your farmhouse cottage or barn walls. They would also add a stylish accent to a vintage trug displayed in the garden and make a fabulous gift for any gardening or wine enthusiast with a love of France.
The cutting mechanisms are still in good working order, have been oiled, and they all have a gorgeous, authentic patina from 'by-gone' times.
These are very collectible and increasingly rare and difficult to find in sets. Dating from the 1920's they are in remarkable condition for their near 100 year age.
Forged from carbon steel they consist of only metal parts and must have helped produce many seasons of wine here in our local vineyards of the Southwest of France.
A 'Vintner' is a winemaker who organises 'Le Vendange' (French word for Grape Harvest), here in France, in early fall. The exact timing depends on the region, the grape variety, the winemaker’s instincts and the sum of the year’s climate and it usually begins in mid-September and lasts for around three weeks.
The four tools all have a 'coiled metal' spring loaded cutting action.
The largest 'crescent' shaped cutting tool measures 25cms/9¾" long, its 'blades' are still perfectly aligned when closed fully, its spring works perfectly. It is missing its metal clip so is held together with metal wire at the bottom.
The second largest tool measures 23cms/9" long, its spring works perfectly and its 'blades' are still perfectly aligned when closed fully. It's metal clasp (which holds the handles closed when not in use) works perfectly.
The third largest 'pointed' tipped tool measures 20cms/7¾" long, works perfectly and its 'points' are also still perfectly aligned when closed fully. It is missing its metal clip so is held together with metal wire at the bottom.
The forth 'crescent' shaped bladed tool measures 19cms/7½" long, and again its spring works well, its 'points' are still perfectly aligned when closed fully, and it is held together with metal wire at the bottom.
They would need sharpening before use.
Altogether they weigh 1.2kgs / 2.6 lbs.
.................'In vino veritas'..................
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