Antique Letter Opener

Antique Letter Opener Novelty Brass Lizard Head & Torso Handle Buffalo Horn Body

Antique Letter Opener Novelty Brass Lizard Head & Torso Handle Buffalo Horn Body
Antique Letter Opener Novelty Brass Lizard Head & Torso Handle Buffalo Horn Body
Antique Letter Opener Novelty Brass Lizard Head & Torso Handle Buffalo Horn Body
Antique Letter Opener Novelty Brass Lizard Head & Torso Handle Buffalo Horn Body
Antique Letter Opener Novelty Brass Lizard Head & Torso Handle Buffalo Horn Body
Antique Letter Opener Novelty Brass Lizard Head & Torso Handle Buffalo Horn Body
Antique Letter Opener Novelty Brass Lizard Head & Torso Handle Buffalo Horn Body
Antique Letter Opener Novelty Brass Lizard Head & Torso Handle Buffalo Horn Body
Antique Letter Opener Novelty Brass Lizard Head & Torso Handle Buffalo Horn Body
Antique Letter Opener Novelty Brass Lizard Head & Torso Handle Buffalo Horn Body
Antique Letter Opener Novelty Brass Lizard Head & Torso Handle Buffalo Horn Body
Antique Letter Opener Novelty Brass Lizard Head & Torso Handle Buffalo Horn Body

Antique Letter Opener Novelty Brass Lizard Head & Torso Handle Buffalo Horn Body

Antique Letter Opener Novelty Brass Lizard Head & Torso Handle Buffalo Horn Body. On offer here is a very decorative and unusual novelty item of Victorian period brassware. A cast brass and buffalo horn letter opener in the shape of an Italian wall lizard or ruins lizard.

We think that it is most probably Austrian in manufacture, in the style of Franz Bergmann and dates from around 1900 during the late Victorian period. This antique letter opener is an amusing design, the head and front torso of scaly lizard or gecko type creature with glass eyes, forms the handle, which is attached to a slightly wavy shaped flattened buffalo horn body that is the blade of the letter opener.

This strange and almost Darwinian combination makes a very interesting and decorative desk top item. The letter opener is 10 1/2 inches (27 cm) long and stands 1 inch 2(2.5cm) high and weighs 48g.

It is in good antique condition, some marks and very minor de-lamination to the horn body which has be reglued to the brass body in the past. There is evidence of plating which has worn off. The glass eyes may possibly be replacements.

Commensurate with age and use. This is a great looking item of Victorian metalware and a very decorative and useful desktop item.

Please see my other antique metal ware listed for sale this week. If you would like to see further images of this item please message us. Buyers from outside the U. We always obtain proof of posting and use a tracked or signed service for for all items.

If purchasing from outside of the UK please be patient as sometimes items can be delayed in the various postal systems, although this is unusual. Photographs form part of the description and any defects (if present) are normally included within the photographs.

Every effort is made to describe damage or faults accurately, where possible with the help of pictures. We are collectors and dealers of all types of antiques, jewellery and collectables. We have loved and collected antiques for over thirty five years. The item "Antique Letter Opener Novelty Brass Lizard Head & Torso Handle Buffalo Horn Body" is in sale since Thursday, July 5, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Metalware\Brass".

The seller is "jockjen" and is located in South Cumbria. This item can be shipped worldwide.

  • Item Type: Antique
  • Design type:: Victorian
  • Theme: Novelty
  • Country of Origin: Austria
  • Product: letter opener
  • Age: 1850-1899
  • Shape: Gecko
  • Pattern: Lizard
  • Lizard type: Italian Wall Lizard
  • Alternative lizard name: Ruins lizard
  • Weight: 48g
  • Decoration:: cast
  • Detail: Scales
  • Date:: circa 1900
  • Metal:: Brass
  • Feature: Glass eyes
  • Feature 2: Horn body
  • Additional Material: Buffalo horn
  • Possible maker: Franz Bergmann
  • Original/Repro: Original
  • Style/Period: Victorian


Antique Letter Opener Novelty Brass Lizard Head & Torso Handle Buffalo Horn Body