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Letter opener

Letter opener

  • Place of origin:

    Solingen (made)

  • Date:

    1928 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pfeilring (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Forged steel

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of John S. G. Simmons

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Solingen in Germany was and remains an important centre for the manufacture of cutlery. This paper knife shows some influence of the pared minimalism favoured by the Bauhaus, the influential art school which was based in Dessau at that time. However there is no record that the manufacturing firm of Pfeilring had any formal arrangement with the Bauhaus.

Physical description

Flat rectangular handle with two double crossed lines at the top. Above, a maker's mark. Straight flat blade tapering to a point.

Place of Origin

Solingen (made)


1928 (made)


Pfeilring (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Forged steel

Marks and inscriptions

Circle surrounded by four curved arrows
Makers marks; Top of handle


Length: 19.50 cm, Width: 1.60 cm Maximum, Height: 0.20 cm

Object history note

This letter opener with its associated pair of scissors (M.2-2002) were a birthday gift to the previous owner in 1928.

Historical context note

Solingen was and remains an important centre for the manufacture of cutlery.

Descriptive line

Steel letter opener from Solingen, Germany. Made around 1928.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail




Forging (metal forming)



Production Type

Mass produced


Metalwork Collection

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