A beautifully made M.O.P. opener (or paper slitter, for opening the leaves of new books of the period), constructed from two sections of Australian white ocean pearl oyster (Pinctada maxima) beveled and glued together in order to get the 6" length.
All the MOP is well figured, creating plenty of internal movement (known as "chatoyance"), as well as displaying pale red and green iridescence. A very fine stamped floral silver filigree contains a hand engraved capital script "G", and is attached to the body of the opener with 6 tiny round-headed pins.
In near-perfect condition, none of the delicate metal work missing or damaged, and the nacre without damage but with several very tiny and natural pin-point inclusions in the shell itself.
Truly a spectacular addition to any desk-top display, and perfectly capable of another century of opening junk mail!
Specialists in Mother of Pearl (M.O.P.) and other nacreous shell, both artifacts and raw materials.
Pearlescence and chatoyance predominate, with occasional amber, linens, china, and select "smalls".