A jewelled ormolu and enamel letter opener, English or German, mid 19th century
1,200 - 1,800 GBP
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- A jewelled ormolu and enamel letter opener, English or German, mid 19th century
- bronze, turquoise, garnet, enamel
the sinuous handle enamelled in translucent blue and applied with turquoise and garnet beads, terminating in a circular blank bloodstone matrix, the shaped blade held by flower petals surmounted by the cast figure of a putto holding a parrot and further ornamented with ajouré strapwork
The style and colouring of this knife are reminiscent of the designs produced by Frederick Bööcke, of the firm of Leviny & Bööcke, for the jewellers Watherston & Brogden in the mid 19th century. See John Culme, The Directory of Gold & Silversmiths …, Woodbridge, 1987, vol. I, p. 292 for information about his career. See also The Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue of the Industry of All Nations, London, 1851, p. 80 for examples of jewellery in similar taste.