Featured old looking sterling silver tools

Discussion in 'Silver' started by billyd3us, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. billyd3us

    billyd3us Thanks All my Friends

    008.JPG 011.JPG 009.JPG Does anyone know what these are used for or called ? My girlfriend wants to know.

    Thank You

    Billy D.
     
  2. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    THe middle one looks like a button hook,the left one might be a nail file,I think the one on the right might be a page splitter.
     
  3. billyd3us

    billyd3us Thanks All my Friends

    Thanks Johnny. I was wondering why the 2 on left have same designs and one used for buttons and the other for finger nail ? Think they where sold in sets ?
     
  4. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Paper knife, button hook & a keris?!
     
  5. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    :hilarious::kiss:
     
  6. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Does appear to be a nail file, from the later photo. Doubt it doubled as a paper knife. They were sold as sets, may have been in a case at one time, along with some other matching grooming implements. Have a look at 'antique sterling manicure sets.'
     
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  7. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Yes, lady's vanity items were sold in sets, which could get quite large if you could afford it.
     
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  8. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    The one on the right does not match the other two.
     
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  9. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Looks like one of the silver patterns.
    @Bakersgma
     
  10. say_it_slowly

    say_it_slowly STAY SAFE The worst prison is a closed heart

    Is the one on the right (keris knife thing)also marked sterling? It resembles the silverplate pattern First Love.


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  11. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    SIS - I think you found it. So this may be part of a service.
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  12. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    I did a quick search for First Love butter pick, letter opener and keris with no luck.
     
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  13. say_it_slowly

    say_it_slowly STAY SAFE The worst prison is a closed heart

    I think you can add most any knife blade to an empty handle. I've always liked the First Love pattern.:)
     
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  14. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    You didn't need me after all. ;) What ever that blade is mean to be, it was not part of the pattern.
     
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  15. say_it_slowly

    say_it_slowly STAY SAFE The worst prison is a closed heart

    Wait wait @Bakersgma that was only the one on the right if it isn't sterling! I don't know the other pattern. I like the two swirly bits near the tip of the handle that look kind of like eyes, sort of like New Empire, but I don't know this pattern:)
     
  16. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Okie dokie. My personal experience in trying to ID vanity set designs is that they rarely match a flatware set. Not to say that it never happened, but it would be unusual. Without a maker name on these handles I wouldn't even know where to start. Billy would need to find something besides "sterling" on the handle somewhere.
     
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  17. CryHavoc

    CryHavoc New Member

    The one on right looks like a Kris Knife
     
  18. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    It is possible that the blade came from an Indonesian letter opener. In Indonesia they used to make similar 'keris' blades as letter openers. They would usually be fitted with a silver Wayang Purwa puppet (flat hide puppet) handle. I have also seen them with small replicas of keris hilts, usually Balinese style.
     
  19. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    However it got attached, it was not the maker of the flatware pattern who did it. There are all kinds of "craftspersons" who take flatware handles and make other things out of them. Haven't seen this particular combination before, but it certainly could be.
     
  20. billyd3us

    billyd3us Thanks All my Friends

    Thanks everyone for your help, I really appreciate it.
     
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