Century Studios is pleased to offer reproduction Tiffany Studio Letter Openers. Each letter opener (or Paper Knife) is cast in solid bronze using molds taken from an original example, and is finished in a brown/green patina. Letter openers were originally included as part of Tiffany Studios’ desk sets and remain one of the most functional and popular pieces from the sets. We currently offer a choice of seven styles.
ADAM – The Adam pattern takes its inspiration from the neoclassical designs of architect Robert Adam (1728 – 1792). This knife is designed with a single, asymmetrical cutting edge and a decorative rosette at the hilt.
BOOKMARK – This elegant, slender design features the typographical marks of early printers and publishers from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
CHINESE – A highly stylized dragon motif decorates the Chinese letter opener.
9TH CENTURY – This knife features a friendly, bushy tailed animal on each side of the handle. The intricate scrolling recalls medieval churches and illuminated manuscripts.
VENETIAN – The highly decorative patterning on the handle can be interpreted as a water or wave motif.
EARLY ZODIAC – The Zodiac motif was Tiffany Studios most popular desk set pattern. The decoration on this knife has an elegant simplicity which suggests Celtic origins.
ZODIAC – Due to the popularity of the Zodiac desk set, a more elaborately patterned paper knife was introduced with zodiac symbols on each side.