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First recorded around 1850 in the UK, the letter opener, or paper knife, was originally used to break the wax seal which held an envelope closed, and early examples resembled small knives, with blunt silver blades and silver or wooden handles. As their popularity grew novelty forms and more interesting styles were created, and today it is these, along with 20th Century design examples from the Arts & Crafts and Mid-Century Modern periods, that are the most sought after.
Hallmarked In 1936
Hallmarked in Birmingham in 1936 by Asprey & Co. Ltd., this stylish, Sterling Silver Letter Opener, is modelled to look like a sword. The letter opener measures 10"(25.5cm) in length, by 3"(7.5cm) across the guard, and weighs 2.85 troy ounces.
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