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Silverpath

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iconnumber posted 11-29-2020 10:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silverpath     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I purchased this letter opener a few years ago and use it regularly. It's 12 1/2 inches long but well balanced and the handle curves to fit the hand. The dealer didn't speculate on the maker. Any thoughts? I wonder if it was made by Whiting.
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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 11-29-2020 11:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It might be Redlich? See some examples of the mark in this thread Ludwig, Redlich & Co

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Silverpath

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iconnumber posted 11-30-2020 12:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silverpath     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting. I hadn't thought of Redlich but they made some large art nouveau letter openers/paper knives and the worn mark could fit. Thanks!

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Silverpath

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iconnumber posted 12-01-2020 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silverpath     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You nailed it! Very convincing. Thanks!

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iconnumber posted 12-12-2020 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check out the Mauser mark.
I think it may be that

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Silverpath

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iconnumber posted 12-13-2020 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silverpath     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another interesting possibility, Richard, thank you. There are shared features. I thought it would be useful to superimpose the marks but couldn't figure out how. In studying the Mauser and Redlich marks beside the one on the letter opener the tail of the sea-lion of the Redlich mark curves upward on the right side as does the worn mark.
Searches for Redlich letter openers turned up some of similar style, heft and size. One in a past auction has a very similar elliptical blade with a figural female handle. Flowing lines on the handle of that Redlich model share the stippling seen on this example.

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