BEAUTIFUL CARVED MOTHER OF PEARL, VICTORIAN ANTIQUE QUILL PENKNIFE/QUILL CUTTER
This is a 19th-century (c1840) English penknife - the slender blade designed for shaping nibs of quill pens.
Original high carbon antique steel blade. Stamped 'G.R & Co.'
Real mother of pearl panels on both sides.
Nickel silver pins. Brass liner.
The hinge is strong, the blade latches on at 90° and then 180°.
The blade is still thick and strong (not flimsy).
No personal inscriptions or monograms on the MOP.
Carbon steel, which unlike stainless steel, can be ground to a very sharp cutting edge. Early/antique folding knives were made using high carbon steel.
"Although the name penknife has been applied to almost any kind of folding knife, the original folding knives for shaping the nibs of quill pens developed in the early 18th-century...The blades were made to about 1 to 1 1/2 inches...were attached to a handle at least twice as long so that the knife was easy to hold" Simon Moore
DIMENSION: Length : CLOSED 7.4cm (2 7/8"). OPEN 10.7cm (4 1/4") approx.
CONDITION: Good condition for its age. No splits to the pearl panels. The hinge is strong, snaps open and shut, no wobble.
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