The collectible Doo-Klip grass shears are in good to very good condition. While these shears could be sharpened and made ready for cutting, they are being offered in this listing as a decorative collectible. According to references, these shears were made sometime in the 1950's. These grass shears were produced with high-carbon blades that were made of cold rolled steel and attached to jade-green enameled handles. In fact, much of the serrated edge is still noticeable on each blade. Also, as can be seen in the photos, each of the blades have, "DOO-KLIP" with "PAT'D No. 1518817 & 1779889" on the next line. The third line of information shows, "THE LEWIS ENGINEERING & MFG. CO." with a "9" under the "H" followed by "ALLIANCE, OHIO". While it is very difficult to see, the bottom line near the outer edge has, "MADE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA". The fact that they are still in good working condition is a testimony to the high-quality craftsmanship that went into producing these Doo-Klip grass shears nearly 70 years ago. Even more, it is that same high-quality craftsmanship that makes American made tools from the early to middle twentieth-century so much more desirable and collectible. On top of their collectible nature, the distressed and aged patina along with their rustic jade-green color give them a wonderful rural-farmhouse charm.
Please note that screen resolution and/or original lighting could cause the colors to appear lighter or darker than actual. Also, while the small switch on the top handle will still move, the pin that it would have originally connected to is missing. When pushed forward, the shears would lock in the closed position. In addition, according to a catalog page from that era, shears and clippers from The Lewis Engineering and Manufacturing Company were sometimes made with a semi-loose assembly to reduce friction and increase longevity.
There is a small area on the inner right of the bottom handle that was somehow bent or mottled. Other than this, there are no breaks, cracks, chips, bent areas, or repair places on these collectible rustic jade-green Doo-Klip grass shears. There are some vintage wear, age, and rub marks on the shears - mainly in the form of an aged and distressed appearance. As can be seen in the photos, there are some areas of rust, surface rust, and/or developing patina on the shears. Also, there is a pin missing that holds the lock on the top when it is pushed forward so the shears can stay in their closed position. In addition, while the spring at the front of the handles is still intact, the spring that was located on the inside between the butt end of the handles is missing. Even though the shears have been cleaned and gone over with steel wool and soap to make sure they can be handled and that they are clean to the touch, there are still some hard-to-reach areas - mainly between the blades - that have some dirt and/or dust.
The decorative possibilities for these gorgeous mid-century style Doo-Klip grass shears are many. The display case or or open collectibles shelf would be enhanced by the addition of these collectible grass shears. Also, the man-cave, den, or lodge would welcome these gorgeous Doo-Klip grass shears for their aged and distressed appearance and rural-farmhouse charm. In addition, the growing tool collection would increase in value and interest upon the arrival of these super cool 1950's Doo-Klip grass shears.
The collector will appreciate these mid-century style Doo-Klip grass shears for their good to very good condition, aged and distressed rustic patina, jade-green color, rural-farmhouse charm, and gorgeous overall appearance.
The collectible Doo-Klip grass shears weigh 15.2 oz.
The gorgeously distressed and aged rustic green Doo-Klip grass shears measure approximately 11.5" in length from the back of the handle to the tip of the blades x 3 3/8" wide across the back of the blades x 3.75" tall at the back of the handles.
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Vintage Grass Shears 1950's Doo Klip Rustic Green Lewis Engineering Industrial Decor Collectible Tool Made in USA Spring Loaded
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