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Chromium-plated vintage "Priest's Merlin" hand operated hair clippers, made in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA by American Shearer Mfg. Company. Originally designed for clipping horses and sheep, this style of clipper quickly found its way into the hands of military & civilian barbers alike.
To Operate: Priest's Merlin clippers have a smooth oscillating operation from side to side when the handles are squeezed and released. The upper teeth slide against the lower plate causing the intended hair to be cut in the process. The wingnut on top attaches to the rivet on the bottom to increase/decrease the tension of the 'scissor' action. The head measures 1½" wide. Overall length is 5¾".
Condition: In good working condition with a strong return spring (as my now-missing arm hair will attest to) with some slight oxidation/rust on the underside of the blade portion. There is no box with these clippers.