Perfect gift for your knight in shining armor?
This remarkably beautiful antique paper knife (aka letter opener) obviously dates from the Gothic Revival era, circa 1860. Its design couldn't be more medievalist, featuring an armored knight with his sword as the handle, standing stop an intricately fashioned larger sword.
About 10 1/4 inches long and 3 inches wide at the hilt, it's almost as finely detailed on the back as on the front. Rich with the unmistakable patina of graet age, this knife would be a most impressive ornament for any desk -- and handy for opening the mail, too. Its condition, as you see, is magnificent. Obviously, this treasure has been cherished and handled with the utmost care.
The prior owner remembers acquiring it a London antiques fair during the 1980s and English origin is likely. I've never seen another of the same pattern, so we can assume it's rare.
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