This unusual letter opener/paper knife dates from c1880 and is made of French 950 silver with a Mother of Pearl handle and a blank gold shield cartouche.
This would have once been a fruit knife but today makes a wonderful quality letter opener that also looks very nice on show. The cartouche has not been monogrammed so you could easily get this engraved and it comes in a presentation case so would make a great gift.
Hallmarks: Marked with the French Minerva and 1 for .950 silver. Maker's mark for Emile Puiforcat of Paris.
Length: 20 cm (8") approx.
Comes complete with a new gift box.
Condition: Excellent used antique condition with only light signs of use in keeping with age. Some very light surface scratches. Hallmark is slightly worn. Please see pictures.
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