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Mexican Deco silver and turquoise dagger-shaped Letter Opener

on May 2, 2020 in archived

Though the art of letter writing (not to mention … writing in general) seems to have been lost to our 21st c. societies, its important part in our cultural heritage is proven by the volumes of famous writers’, artists’ and politicians’ correspondence that inhabit library shelves, and the dusty, yellowed family letters still hidden out of sight in our attics. And then, of course, there are the letter-writing (and reading) “paraphernalia” that have survived and become collectible treasures and decorator must-haves like the Mexican Deco sterling silver letter opener at hand. If one can use the adjective “sweet” next to a noun like “dagger”, this is the perfect case. Beautifully made, with a warmly glowing patina that makes the design’s curves look rounder and softer, it is completed with a carved stone idol handle and a pair of turquoise cabs on each side…

 

Size/Weight: 5 1/4″ long by 11/16″ wide; 38.3 grams

Hallmarks / Date: “STERLING” and “MEXICO” but this last badly and partially stamped; possible a maker’s name as well but not readable; pre-1948

Condition: excellent vintage, with great patina, a beautiful design and no damage or repairs noted – if you have to have a letter opener, this should be it!

Inv.#15010

 

SOLD – Thank you!

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