Letter openers are products of an age when communication was a good deal more ceremonial than it is today. Correspondence would arrive by post, and one would sit down at one's writing desk to open up the day's mail. Letter openers were typically made of silver, bronze, or ivory, with handles resembling everything from the hilts of swords to the heads of mythical beasts. A stylish companion to pens and other writing instruments, letter openers were produced by firms such the Tiffany Studios, Georg Jensen, and Sheffield.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Early Office Museum

Early Office Museum

This site showcases pre-1920 office antiques, including paperweights, writing ink, paper fasteners, seal pressers, … [read review or visit site]

Most watched eBay auctions    

Genuine Early Russian Silver Letter Opener In Case - Info Welcome - Very RareFine Antique French Palais Royal Carved Mother Of Pearl Letter OpenerSolid Silver Blue Guilloche Enamel Letter Opener Wm Hutton London 1895, 9 1/2"Ww2 Vintage Raf Trench Art Aluminium Letter Opener/sheath Engraved El-daba 1945Fantastic Ww 1 German Trench Art Letter Opener With Iron Cross, Other InsigniaHighly Collectable 19th C Japanese Meiji Bronze Silvered Letter Opener FrogsAntique Cow Bone Bookmark Letter Opener Or Page Turner Vintage Carved ElephantVerdun 1916 Wwi Bronze Trench Art Letter OpenerExquisitely Carved Silver & Pearl Letter Opener Sheffield 1916 99p N/r !!!Navajo Whirling Logs Silver Letter Opener Panama Pacific International Exposition Ppie Railroad Tie Letter Opener 1915Antique 19thc Silver Plated Carved Horn Owl Letter Opener Paper Knife C1890Top Quality Rare Sterling Silver Queen Alexandra Royal Gift Boxed Letter Opener.Fine Quality Antique Carved Paper Knife English Not Chinese Cantonese 24g NoresDagger Shape Mother Of Pearl Shell And Silver Page Turner Or Letter OpenerExquisitely Carved Silver & Pearl Letter Opener Sheffield 1910 99p N/r !!!Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver 925 Letter Opener With Bag & Box & Receipt**Vintage Metal Letter Opener "hercules Powder" From Du Pont ExplosivesVintage Stuart Devlin - Viners Letter Opener - BoxedAntique Chinese Cloisonne Enamel Sword Form Letter Opener Copper BrassWw1 Trench Art Letter Opener: 1916 : Engraved Initials + Souvenir Of World WarWw1 Souvenirs Ypres Silver Plated Letter Opener Sweetheart Rifle Brooch BayonetWw1 Trench Art - A Letter Opener Crafted From A Copper Metal "turning Band".Moore Maker 1111uss Stainless Steel Letter Opener; White Bone Scales. New & NiceVintage Antique Style Brass Nautical Swordfish Letter Opener Fishing Fish DeskLetter/envelope Opener - Brass - Dagger/sword/knife - Vintage - Antique - TooledWwii Or Wwi Trench Art Bullet Crown Brass Letter Opener German? British?Fantastic Fluted Pistol Boxed Sterling Silver Letter Opener Sheffield 1909Worlds Fair 1939 New York Letter Opener On Card.William Carey - Letter Opener Made From Tree Planted By William Carey - C.1880'sSmall Waterford Crystal Letter Opener 8 1/4" In Box !! Beautiful!!Wr Case Xx Letter Opener Fixed Blade Natural NosGorgeous Vintage Carved Hard Wood Crocodile Letter Opener (wooden) - Lovely ItemKirk & Son Sterling Repousse Floral Letter Opener 22+gms/ No MonogramVintage Lucite Pin-up Girl Letter Opener Peters Safety Shoes AdvertisingUs Model 1902 Miniature Army Officer's Sword Letter OpenerFantastic Bead Thread Boxed Sterling Silver Letter Opener Sheffield 1917Mint Rare Early Zippo Lighter Letter Opener W/ The Sales Opener By Zippo In Box Pewter - Commemorative Letter Opener - Winston Churchill - VgcVintage Leaded Glass Letter Opener Stainless Steel Original BoxOne Large Stag & Three Smaller Stag Letter Openers All Three Smaller Are Eagles Antique Mother Of Pearl Shell And Beautiful Agate Page Turner Or Letter OpenerSmall Hallmarked Solid Silver Letter Opener Unusual Attractive Handle -12,8 GmsNeat Letter Opener-anaconda Copper ProductsVintage 8" Wood Ruler / Integrated Letter Opener Prescot Auto Electric Service Cutoc No. 74 Letter Opener Or KnifeArmy Colonel Estate - 25th Infantry Division Bayonet Letter OpenerMary Kay Pen, Card Case, Letter Opener, Lipstick Case, Star Prize Desk Set Scarce Vintage Esso Knife And Letter Opener 11 7/8 X 7/8 Inches Open1940's Kingston Cooperage Co. Kingston N.y. Keg Brass Letter Opener Beer KegsGrande Baroque - Wallace Sterling Silver Hh Letter Opener C.1941New The Hobbit Sword Of Thranduil Letter Opener By Noble CollectionBoxed Sheffield Silver Handled Letter Opener Fusion Pattern 1934Vintage Antique Lot Set Of 8 Silver Plate? Spoons, Knife, Tiny Fork, Letter OpenVirginia Metalcrafters Brass / Jefferson Cypher Letter OpenerSterling Silver Letter Opener1950's Amber Lucite Advertising Letter Opener, Gil Elvgren Pin Up Girl, ColoradoVintage Ornate Desk Set Scissors Plus Letter Opener Plus Sheath UsedGreat Set Of Letter Opener & Ballpoint Pen Orchid Silver BoxedAdvertising Miniature Cement Trowel Letter Opener Brown's Tie Lumber Mccall Id