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QUESTION: So glad to fins somebody that might be able to help me.  I have a pair of scissors that are in a case that say UMBAR.  They have a filagree pattern on them.  I cannot find anything like them on line.  I also have a tool that looks like a nail file but is abalone that I have no idea what it is.  Pictures available and any help much appreciated.


ANSWER: Hello Glenda,
Please attach photos of your scissors so that I can see them.

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Scissors & abolone tool
Scissors & abolone too  
QUESTION: Here is the picture and I also sent a few by responding to the e-mail but not sure if that worked or not?

ANSWER: Hi Glenda,
Thanks for included photos.
The scissors appear to be sewing scissors but to confirm can you please take a photo of the scissors out of the box.
1. photo of scissors folded
2. photo of scissors unfolded and with the points exposed (apart)
Have you checked all over the scissors to see if there are any markings? Names etc.  I am assuming that the word UMBAR is on the scissors case?  Any thing else?

The abalone item appears to be a cuticle pusher -- it has nothing to do with sewing.


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QUESTION: The name is actually linbar not Unbar.  On the scissors it says stainless high steel and on the other side Linbar.  While Im at it maybe you might also know something about a thimble that says Colonial Bread Always Good.  Thanks :)

Hi Glenda,
I am not familiar with this maker.  When I did a search, I did find a garment maker in FL -- Linbar Manufacturing. The word Linbar is a registered name but it seems to refer to motorcycles :)
I'm sorry I could not be of more help to you with regard to the name however, the scissors are modern and most likely date to the 1950s or so.  The handles are probably stainless steel as well -- if they are silver, they would be marked somewhere with 'sterling' or '925.'
Kind regards,

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I have been a collector of antique sewing tools and thimbles for over 30 years. I am also a dealer in this field and sell on eBay under the name -- serengeti2. I am NOT, and I repeat NOT an expert on antique or vintage domestic household sewing machines used for everyday home sewing. I can offer help when it comes to Toy or miniature collectible sewing machines ONLY.


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