This is a great set of THREE 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. 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.
All these tools have a spring loaded cutting action.
The largest 'crescent' shaped cutting tool measures 25cms/9 ¾" long, its 'blades' are still perfectly aligned when closed fully, its spring works perfectly. Its metal clasp, which holds the handle closed when not in use, works perfectly too. It has beautiful curved handles for comfort.
The 'pointed' tipped tool measures 20cms/7¾" long, and again its spring works well, despite its 'points' appearing slightly mis-aligned when closed fully. It is held together, when not in use, with a loop of metal wire at the bottom.
The smallest 'crescent' shaped cutting tool measures 18.5cms/7¼" long, its spring works perfectly. Again it is held together with metal wire at the base. It has the words "Le VI-TI-CO-LE" (Wine Growing) on the back of the blade.
Altogether they weigh 700gms/ 1.5lbs.
They would need sharpening before use.
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.
.................'In vino veritas'..................
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