I've been spotting lots of great old letter openers lately, which are amplifying my desire for a wonderful old wooden desk across the surface of which I'd spread out all manner of vintage desk accessories. This brass letter opener would feature in that spread, and makes me want to send more handwritten letters in order that I might receive some back to open with it! Art nouveau in style, though I am not entirely certain of its age, it features a terrific female figure at the top in a voluminous robe holding an opened book, who seems prepared to orate! A great gift for your favorite female scholar or poet, she'd make a pretty great bookmark too!
9 3/4" tall x 1" wide and in very good vintage condition. No mark on back.