A fabulous heavy antique paper knife or letter opener, making a magical desk-top accessory.
Made from cast copper, the figural terminal with a handsome Owl, still retains a silver plated finish with high spots showing the copper beneath; I am uncertain whether the entire piece would have been silver plated or just the owl, it has a lovely polished antique patina now.
There is a signature to one side or the blade but slightly hard to make out, looking at the name, this is what makes me think that it is French rather than English.
The Owl retains his original glass eyes, completing this wonderful piece. Excellent condition, measuring 10 1/2" long. Dating to c.1900.