Antique Letter Opener or Modern Hobby Project?

Discussion in 'Tools' started by JohnG, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. JohnG

    JohnG New Member

    Thank you for viewing this thread! Found this in the silverware bin at Goodwill. It was intriguing enough to spend 50 cents on, but I don't what qualities to look for in regards to being antique vs a homemade project made to look old. There's no edge to the blade and it's thicker than a modern butter knife by at least twice. I'm assuming it's a letter opener, but my opinion is a novice one. Any insights or suggestions are appreciated! Thank you!
     

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  2. JohnG

    JohnG New Member

    Correction: There does seem to be an edge on the top edge of the blade.
     
  3. Messilane

    Messilane Well-Known Member

    No marks at all?
    I agree with letter opener but, while it does look "handwrought", I don't think it was "home made".
     
  4. JohnG

    JohnG New Member

    I cannot find any distinguishable markings on the smooth finished areas and the pitted pattern areas play with your eyes. It makes you think you see something, but looking at the overall area, it's probably just the pattern, if that makes any sense. Thanks for your reply!
     
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  5. GaleriaGila

    GaleriaGila Hola, y'all!

    I'm a novice, too, but... it's definitely metal? Magnetic? Heavy? Do you have any way to test what sort of metal it is? Is there any evidence of painted surface? Those are the questions I usually hear experts ask, for starters.
     
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  6. afantiques

    afantiques Well-Known Member

    Modernish Indian brassware, I'd say.
     
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  7. JohnG

    JohnG New Member

    Thanks for the tips! It's non magnet, weighs in the neighborhood of an average cheap butter knife, and it seems to have more of a plating than paint. Brass maybe??? I don't have any testing equipment for metals. Thank you for your reply!
     
  8. JohnG

    JohnG New Member

    We're definitely within a few hours of several different reservations. That would make sense. Would you have a range of age possibly? Thank you for your reply!
     
  9. Messilane

    Messilane Well-Known Member

    He meant "India" indians. :happy:
     
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  10. JohnG

    JohnG New Member

    Assuming you meant American Indian of course. :)
     
  11. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    It's a nice letter opener....nothing more.
     
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  12. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Two blokes in a shed for sure, but a shed in India.
     
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  13. springfld.arsenal

    springfld.arsenal Store: http://www.springfieldarsenal.net/

    Has some scrap value.
     
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