Antique bronze'Neo-Renaissance' page turner, paper knife, letter opener
Antique bronze page turner, letter opener, in a Neo-Renaissance manner with masks, flowers, heads and scrolls. Good condition for age, with some wear, marks, scratches and tarnishing etc. Page turner - paper-knife, with thin, wide blade and dull edge, were designed to follow the creases of a book or news paper uncut pages and expertly, gently, tear them apart. Uncut pages were common in the Victorian Era and earlier books, artifacts of the bookbinding practices of the day. Long sheets of paper were folded numerous times to form a signature of pages or leaves, which would be printed on both sides. Signatures would be printed, collated, and then bound (which usually meant sewn) to create a book. Most of the leaves were cut during the binding process however, since all books were bound by hand at that time, leaves were sometimes left uncut and could not be opened unless they were cut. Paper-knives made such books readable. It wasnt just books that required paper-knives to be read, which is why the tools came in all sizes. There were long ones for newspapers and magazines, as well as shorter ones for diminutive books made to fit in the palm of the hand. Regardless of their size, some were painted in handsome designs while others were carved and fitted with sterling-silver handles, transforming these prosaic implements of paper destruction into small works of art. Page turners, then, were actually paper-knives, and paper-knives were the tools readers employed to get at the content inside an unopened book. The item "Antique bronze'Neo-Renaissance' page turner, paper knife, letter opener" is in sale since Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
This item is in the category "Collectables\Pens & Writing Equipment\Letter Openers". The seller is "andrew_frost7r3b" and is located in Matlock. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Antigua and barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, China, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei darussalam, Cayman islands, Dominica, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Grenada, French guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Macao, Monaco, Maldives, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Turks and caicos islands, Aruba, Saudi arabia, South africa, United arab emirates, Ukraine, Chile, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Kuwait, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Trinidad and tobago, Uruguay, Montserrat, Russian federation.
- Modified Item: No
- Type: Paper Knife, Page Turner
- Material: Bronze
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
- Vintage: Yes