This is the most exquisite object from 18th Century France, a carved bronze paper knife with a Louis XV motif, and a seal at the handle.
The piece is small compared to modern paper knives (5 1/16") and was all hand made in Brittany with the folk look of early craftsmen.
The motif on the blade shows a primitive fleur de lis on both sides , with a crossed motif below, and a typical Celtic heart at the bottom, with 2 volutes joining at the top.
The piece is either circa 1740, so done during the reign of Louis XV, or it is closer to the French revolution, circa 1789, when Brittany was on the side of the Church and the King and fighting the Revolutioneers.
In that case, the paper knife motif is a sign of allegiance.
A VERY rare historical artifact with elegance and genuine antique charm, which can be displayed on a desk or with other precious collectibles
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 5 1/16". Largest Width: 1".
( 13.25 cm) by (2.5 cm)
Will be shipped "Expedited" Airmail (Also called "Express Mail International") from Paris including insurance and signature at delivery.
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Item ID: 2062bronze
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