Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan), and other topics in genealogy and family history.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday: Cutting Edge Memorabilia

I always liked my grandfather's desk. It had lots of cubbyholes and there were interesting things in there. I associate the scissor set pictured here with that desk, although at 10.25" in length, it might have been too long for a cubbyhole. And in truth, I don't know whether it was Rosmer or Evelyn who held official claim to the set. I have no idea how old it is, nor from whence it came. I don't think it was a terribly expensive set, and I would guess it to be from the first half of the 20th century, so not a family heirloom until I took possession of it and deemed it so.

The scissors themselves are marked "Premier Cutlery, Inc., Germany." Make what you will of that. The case strives to look like leather, but isn't. The letter opener is pretty sharp though, and the scissors work just fine. I'm sure both of my grandparents Kerr got plenty of use from them. When I see them, I imagine my grandmother snipping an article from the newspaper at her kitchen table in the house on Lake Shore Road, or my grandpa opening the mail.


Joan said...

TK, thanks for sharing this scissor set ---- brought back memories of a set my Aunt Gail had --- the set and my Aunt Gail were special to me.

kinfolknews said...

Expensive or not; Old or not. Either way, the set is gorgeous and you're lucky to have it. Thanks for sharing it.

Barbara Poole said...

Absolutely amazing photo and history of the scissor and letter opener set. Thanks for sharing.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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