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Shears - Sunbeam, 'Stewart Shearmaster', Electric, circa 1986 Object Reg. No: SH 932048

Set of Stewart Shearmaster electric shears manufactured by Sunbeam, circa 1986. They were used in the mat making workshop at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind from about 1986 to 1992 when it closed. The shears were used by visually impaired workers to trim the top of mat pile. Prior to 1986 hand shears, rather than electric were used.
Black handle from base of which extends black electric cord. Grey steel head with holes for inserting oil and detachable blades with curved prongs on wide comb.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 11.00 cm (Height), 9.00 cm (Width), 44.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: working life, tools, industries, disability organisations, visual impairment
Themes this item is part of: Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Health Organisations
Tertiary Classification: occupational therapy tools & equipment
Inscriptions: On top of metal head: STEWART/SHEARMASTER /MODEL EW3100 HEAD/SERVICE NO. 1533 OIA/MADE IN/U.S.A. On bottom of handle: 240V=150W/DO NOT EARTH/MOTOR 73506/ SERVICE NO. 1506-02A/OSTER MADE IN U.S.A. On bottom of head: GL 15. On top of blades: Sunbeam AAA. On bottom of blades: SUPER/NOVA/AUSTRALIA.
Manufacturer: Sunbeam, United States of America, circa 1986
Place & Date Used: Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Prahran, Victoria, Australia, 1986-1992
References: Malcolm Fraser - R.V.I.B. Factory workshop supervisor; Tom Jennings and Monty James - R.V.I.B. Factory workers

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