Victorian scissors. Photo source.
Lena Reulexa was playing with her wax doll in August of 1892. She was on the porch of her house on Francisco Avenue in Humboldt Park. Lena was hard at work making new clothes for her doll out of some fabric & scissors. As she struggled with the cloth, her arm jerked & the doll was lurched from its resting place & tossed through the planks in the fence, landing in the yard.
Lena clambered up on the fence, resting on the top of the pickets, & began crying. Her mom came to see what was the matter, & found her young child balance precariously on the wood. "Dollie’s down dere" was Lena’s response to her mother’s questioning, & she pointed to where her doll now lay.
As Lena pointed, she lost her balance & fell off the fence, landing in the yard. Lena fell on top of the scissors that she had still been holding as she climbed the fence. The scissors hit her chest, & penetrated her right lung.
The doctor was called, but there was little he could do. Lena lived on for a few days, but in great pain, until finally she died.
This is the reason we have safety scissors for children.
From the Chicago Tribune, 25 August 1892. Source.