These scissors were very rusty when I acquired them. All they took to clean up was a little time on the wire wheel, and some final buffing on the polishing wheel. I didn't even need to sharpen them! I've since repainted the handles in the original black. A quality item!
Brothers John and Henrie Clauss established the Elyria Shear Works in Elyria, Ohio in 1877. After natural gas was discovered, in 1887 they moved their firm to Fremont to take advantage of this fuel for their forges and foundry. In 1889, the company changed its name to the Clauss Shear Company. Thirty years later it merged with the Henkel Company to become Henkel-Clauss. At one time, it was the largest manufacturer of scissors and shears in the world. Its fortunes declined following World War II, when cheaper European scissors eroded the market and industrial demand for scissors also decreased. In 2004, the company was acquired by the Acme United Corporation, where it continues to this day.