I have a similar set in the mistletoe pattern as seen in photos if a larger complimentary set is desired. Lovely antique Victorian solid silver handled stationary / desk set with letter opener, pencil and another small tool perhaps for using ink?In an eye catching motif depicting holly leaves and berries. It has raised decorations on both sides of all three handles in an Art Nouveau style. The two letter opener piece has a white blade and the other tool is likely stainless steel on the blade. The handles on both pieces are solid silver as is the pencil case. The pencil is pulled out of the case, and can be flipped around and reinserted to make the piece longer to write with.
Original pencil remains as well, but only a small bit left, so a replacement pencil may be needed soon. The letter opener measures 7 3/4 inches in length, the other tool is 5 1/2 inches, and the pencil is 4 inches in length with the pencil inside the case. The combined weight is 48 grams but of course is not all silver weight.
All are marked with the boar's head hallmark for French solid silver items on the handles. Also has a maker's mark in those two places but I could not decipher it.Possibly Charles Murat of Paris who began silversmithing in the late 1800s. Please note that all my pieces are pre-owned with some age to them so they are in estate condition. A few shallow nicks, dings and surface scratches, no deep / sharp pin dings so they have held their shape well.
A few areas of tarnish but I didn't want to over polish and risk losing the fabulous age appropriate patina. Some discoloration to the steel blade of the shorter tool. Also has some more faint surface wear and scratching from use and polishing over the years but the designs are nice and sharp. But Please note that due to age this piece is not in mint condition. I have many pieces of sterling flatware listed so please see my other auctions!I would be delighted if you'd follow me in my new store. The item "SET 3 HOLLY Victorian SOLID Silver Chatelaine Pencil Letter Opener Desk Nouveau" is in sale since Thursday, May 28, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Non-U. The seller is "callmemouse" and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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