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This large and gorgeous antique paper knife (aka letter opener) has been in my own collection for about a dozen years. It was quite expensive, even then, and I'm totally wasting it; in the chaos of my desk, it seldom sees use and often vanishes entirely! For someone who keeps an immaculate desk, this will be a thing of beauty and a joy forever!
Acquired at a major London antiques fair, it measures slightly more than 10" long, with an ivory blade almost 1" wide and a bulbous pear-shaped handle 1 1/2" at its widest. The handle is comfortably weighted, probably with the tarlike substance (tar?) over which such shapes were molded. The juncture of handle and blade is gorgeously decorated with an applied 1"-wide strip of hand-worked repousse silver. I believe all the metal is unmarked sterling; certainly it's high-grade silver. Relatively minor dings attest to its age, which I judge to be 19th century, though the form persisted into early Edwardian times.
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