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R. Heinisch
Remarks: R. Heinisch was established in Elizabeth, New Jersey in about 1825. The firm was founded by Rochus Heinisch (1801-1874), an Austrian immigrant who trained as a cutler and surgical instrument maker in Austria and France. Heinisch arrived in the United States during the 1820s, and in 1829 patented the first of several processes for making tailors’ shears out of malleable iron and steel. Heinisch’s shears incorporated a unique thumb-rest that made them both comfortable for large and small commercial cutting jobs as well as durable. Heinisch shears became an international industry favorite and sold all over the world. Such pairs continued to be used long after the company was sold. In fact, the firm was purchased in 1914 by another renowned Newark cutlery manufacturer, J. Wiss & Sons Co. (active 1848-1973).