Silver letter opener and silver dip pen. Must of been a gift for someone who stayed at the Marlborough House in London (provenance). Hallmarked B'ham 1928, feels great in the hand. Marlborough House is a mansion in Pall Mall, built in 1709-11 for the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, on part of the site of the St Jamess Palace peasantry. The duchess commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to design the house, though the plans were drawn up by his son, Christopher Wren the younger.
She supervised the houses completion herself after falling out with Wren and sacking him (the duchess made a habit of falling out with people). The house is built of red Dutch bricks that were carried as ballast on the return journeys of vessels that had transported soldiers to Holland to fight under the Duke of Marlborough. Inside the house, paintings of the dukes battles line the walls of the central salon and the staircases. The dukes of Marlborough occupied the house until 1817, whereupon it reverted to the Crown. Its residents thereafter included several royal widows and Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VII).
Sir James Pennethorne, chief architect of the Office of Works, oversaw extensive alterations to the house in 1863 to suit the princes requirements. During Edwards occupancy it became the centre of fashionable society and his inner circle became known as the Marlborough House Set. Box is a little tatty but looks great inside. Letter opener measures 19.2cm in length.
Nib is bent at tip branded E Baker and Son, Non Corrodible. Will come with box included. The item "Antique Silver Souvenir Letter Opener Dip Pen 1928 Marlborough House London" is in sale since Sunday, September 5, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Other Solid Silver".
The seller is "jillpanda" and is located in Biggar, South Lanarkshire. This item can be shipped to all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, United States, Canada, Australia.