RARE VICTORIAN DOUBLE QUILL PENKNIFE/QUILL CUTTERS
This is a 19th-century double penknife - the slender blades designed for shaping nibs of quill pens.
One end has an oval plate, as a seal or chop.
Real mother of pearl panels.
Nickel silver pins. Brass liners.
The blades latch on at 90° and then 180°.
The blades are still thick and strong, not flimsy.
Stamped with what look scripts? and then DGN twice.
No personal inscriptions or monograms on the pearl panels.
"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 8.3cm (3 1/4"). OPEN 12cm (4 3/4"). The blades measure 3.8cm (1 1/2"). approx.
CONDITION: Good condition for its age. Fully working. The hinges are strong, snap open and shut, no wobble.
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