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Collection: Letter Openers / Page Turners

The terms paper-knife and letter opener are often used interchangeably to refer to a knife-like desktop tool. In truth, they are actually for different functions and were in use at different times.
Paper knives are used for cutting open the pages of hand-produced books where the folding of printed sheets creates some closed edges that require the severing of the paper before reading. Letter openers "evolved" from paper knives into longer, blunter blades for the sole purpose of opening envelopes. Paper knives are no longer in common use, except perhaps by antique enthusiasts.
Letter openers may be designed from wood, metals such as stainless steel or pewter, ivory, or a combination of materials. Often the style of the handle is embellished or styled more so than the blade.
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  • Vintage sterling silver letter opener Mothe of pearl lion like from Game of Thrones
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  • Antique 1910 sterling silver letter opener with Nacre MOP handle
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  • Vintage solid brass letter opener Knight with sword on the top
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    £120.00
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  • Antique solid silver letter opener 800 German Classic Style
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  • Antique 1905 solid silver letter opener with Nephrite handle London Edwardian
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    £35,000.00
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  • Elegant sterling silver letter opener with solid wood handle maked DIM made in London GCK
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  • Antique Toyo Murakami 19thC Original page turner genuine case Shanghai China
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    £40,000.00
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  • Antique Niello solid silver letter opener in Caucasian Russian Empire
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    £575.00
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  • Antique Sterling silver page turner from Middle East 925 MK
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    £350.00
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  • Antique wood page turner / letter opener 1898 with map The Eastern Telegraph Com
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    £160.00
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  • Antique solid silver middle east page turner
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  • Antique solid wood letter opener boar on the top British Empire
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    £150.00
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  • Antique solid silver middle east page turner
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  • Antique agate and solid silver letter opener page turner with Nacre handle
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    £2,575.00
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