Unusual Wood Carved Paper-Knife, Mythical Figural Serpent Snake Head

Unusual Wood Carved Paper Knife, Mythical Figural Serpent Snake Head

Regular price $115.00


Product Description:  Similar to letter openers but a bit different, paper knives were commonly used during the 19th century to slit open uncut reading material, pages of books and cutting-down, slicing loose paper sheets.  Just a bit under 10” long, this fine, wood-carved paper knife with intricate detail is unlike most you may have seen.  The 5 3/8” flat, blunt blade features an elegant, smooth surface with an outstanding handle depicting the top body of a mythical snake with carved scales and two fangs.  For some, snakes can symbolize self-awareness, transformation, rebirth and healing.   

10" overall length
  6” blade length
  5” snake head, handle length

Product Weight:  1.9 ounces

Markings/Signatures:   No visible markings or signatures

Maker:  Unknown artisan 

Markings:  No visible markings or signatures

Primary Material:  Wood, possibly mahogany

Color:  Reddish-brown 

Origin:  Uncertain

Condition:  Previously owned – used.  Very good condition with minimal, light wear.  Fangs are in strong, excellent condition. Scales are in excellent condition with one small scuff mark near neck (as shown) and minimal light scratches on blade.  

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