Posted 4 years ago
Absolutely magnificent WW l trench art (?) letter opener. It is intricately hand carved from wood which has a beautiful color and patina to it, and inlaid with what appears to be brass and silver wire. It's clearly dated 1914 and has a detailed silver inlaid monument with the letters "L" and "G" on either side (which, thanks to Scott, I now know stands for the city of Liege, Belgium). It's made in the likeness of a rifle or shotgun and has absolutely incredible detail. I believe it's a shotgun if only because of the dual trigger. The stock has carved designs at the grip (with tiny gold metallic dots which I only just noticed under a magnifying glass!) and an inlaid silver I.D. plate (underneath the stock) as well as on the butt plate and grip cap. A superbly crafted piece of workmanship in spectacular condition for its 103 years.
I only wish I knew the name of the Master carver who made this...
Thanks for looking!