A spectacular find! This is an antique British rare sterling silver mounted taxidermy antelope hoof letter opener / page turner circa 1850-1899.
This piece is just so lovely and delicate and was probably an elegant women's desk accessory. The antelope is most likely a very small exotic Dik Dik or Bush Duiker something similar and is so tiny. There is a sterling silver detail on the base of the hoof that is superbly done. The blade of this letter opener is polished mother of pearl.
I personally have never seen a letter opener so lovely. A prize for the collector of fine things.
Size: Length 9.50" x Width 1.18" x Depth 1"
Weight: 3 ounces
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