Paper Knife / Map Page Turner

Production date
1897
Country
England
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Object detail

Description
Wooden paper knife or map page turner featuring portions of a world map and the calendar for 1897. Features the Eastern Telegraph Company logo on the base of the 'blade'.
Production date
1897
Production place
Measurements
L336 x W33 mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, varnish
Signature/Marks
<on base of 'blade'>.THE EASTERN TELEGRAPH COMPANY.LIMITED
<on base of 'blade'> THE EASTERN EXTENSION TELEGRAPH COMPANY. LIMITED.
<on both sides of handle> 1897 [table]
History and use
This desk accessory, designed for use as a map page turner or letter opener/paper knife, was a promotional item for The Eastern Telegraph Company Limited and The Eastern Extension Telegraph Company Limited. Based in London, these companies were part of a network creating communication routes around the UK and across the Atlantic in the late 1800s. Dated 1897, the blade of this wooden object is decorated with varnished sections of a world map, including Australia, with red lines indicating international land and sea telegraph lines.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Registration number
H47766

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