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Gorham 1898 Sterling Silver Floral Handle Page Turner

Gorham 1898 Sterling Silver Floral Handle Page Turner
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Identified as a paper cutter in catalogues of its period, this item is typically referred to as a page turner or letter open today.

This large, 11 3/4" long, approximately 3.0 T. oz., solid silver example was made by Gorham whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," model number "B177," and a date symbol for 1898 are stamped on the edge of the handle.

Cast and open, the handle is rococo in design, featuring an asymmetrical array of scrolls, blossoms, and leaves.

The blade is 7/8" wide, tapering to a soft point along its 8 3/4" length. It has a flowing script, Art Nouveau style, monogram on blade (please see image for letters).

It is in very good condition, showing few signs of use, essentially in the form of light surface scratches on the blade and a bit of burring on the tip. The monogram shows slight softening from polishing. The cast handle remains flawless, free of bends, breaks, or cracks.

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