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High quality craftsman made letter openers. These paper knives combine a range of material including mother of pearl, buffalo horn and a range of historic wood. The prices include postage within the UK. Remember to have a look at the matching hand turned pens on our other pages

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The St. James’s Letter opener comes in red woollen  sheath and box. Accompanying this paper knife is a letter on hand made paper detailing the history of the area and where in the 18th century the oak came from. Remember to have a look at the St. James’s pen.

At the heart of British cultural life for centuries is the St. James’s area of London. In the 17th Century the area developed as a location for the British aristocracy and in the 19th century became the principle centre for gentlemen’s clubs. The area still contains many fine and notable buildings and upmarket shopping areas. It includes St. James’s Square, Pall Mall, Carlton House Terrace with the John Nash designed houses, and St James Street. At the heart of St. James’s lies St. James Square. A square steeped in British history.

For it’s first two hundred years it was one of the most fashionable areas of London. In the 1720’s seven dukes and seven earls were in residence. Our 18th century oak came from No. 4 St. James’s Square.

Other notable institutions in the square include the London Library, the East India Club and Chatham House. Chatham House is the former home of British Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder.

The paper knife is  a fine item steeped in the history not just of St. James’s but Great Britain as well. It’s age blackened oak nearly three hundred years old and bears the patina not just of aged wood but also in it’s scars  the echoes of Lawrence of Arabia and other significant figures in British history.

The paper knife is hand made with ornate hand file work down the tang back. It’s an elegant item and comes in boxed in a red drawstring bag. Each knife is accompanied by a letter on hand made paper with details of the history of the area and how the knife is made. The blade is curved rather than the usual flat stamped product.

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The St.James’s letter opener has plain polished bolsters designed to complement the oak. The overall length is seven and half inches. It’s stainless steel and now comes in a red cloth bag contained in a plain black box. The red cloth is the same red cloth made for centuries by Hainsworths Mill. It’s the same red cloth used at the Battle of Waterloo by the British army and even today in the dress uniforms of the guards. It’s a thick red wool cloth with a vibrancy of colour and is a fitting accompaniment to our historic paper knife. As with all our items the price is post paid.

Price 39


The letter openers below come in the red draw bag as described above. They are nine and half inches long. They do not come in a gift box but the price includes UK postage.

Letter opener MOP

This paper knife has a single hand engraved bolster with mother of pearl and a small inset of coloured stones. Stock number P1

Price 44

ornate letter opener

This piece combines polished horn with mother of pearl and two hand engraved bolsters. Stock number P3 SOLD

Price 44

letter opener with handfile work

Each letter opener has has highly skilled ornate hand file work down the tang back and hand engraved bolsters. A letter opener for connoisseurs of fine craftsmanship and a quality gift item.

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Each handle is slightly different. They are entirely handmade by skilled craftsmen and combine mother of pearl with polished camel bone and horn. Each piece is delivered in a velvet draw string bag. The size is nine and half inches and they make a truly unique gift.

Open your letters with these ornate paper knives which are a revival of Victorian craft skills in the use of mother of pearl and horn. Letter openers of distinction which will make a fine addition to your desk. And of course you can combine them with our inspirational and motivational paper weights.

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