Historical information

No specific information is available for this item. However, ivory was common in early 20th century household items, which were often purchased overseas as souvenirs. Many ivory items originated from Asia. Letter openers are still used today; however, they are now made out of steel as ivory is illegal.


This item is an example of the use of ivory in domestic households early in the 20th century.

Physical description

A long, cream-white letter opener made out of ivory with a plain blade and rounded handle.

Inscriptions & markings

There is decorative patterning on the handle consisting of holes and circles.