Friday, June 11, 2010

Thanks for playing!


That was fun!



Thank you all for playing along and trying to guess  my newest treasure.  Drum roll please...

It is a carved walrus ivory page turner!

"Page turners have been used for centuries.  They were used to turn pages without handling the paper, especially precious manuscripts, books and Bibles.  They made it easy, especially larger books, and protected them from staining from the hands; natural oils.  They were quite ornate and made from many materials from wood to gold and silver and precious stones."
 
"A letter opener, or paperknife, is a knife-like object used to open envelopes or to slit uncut pages of books and no Victorian desk would have been complete without one.  Page turners were very popular protecting the users fingers or a ladies gloved hand from becoming soiled by poor quality printing ink when turning the pages of a book or newspaper." 

You were all very close and actually taught me something as I had never heard of a bone folder before!


11 comments:

sharon said...

That was good Therese , you should dig out some more oddities and get us guessing again.
Have a great weekend
Sharon

Burlap Luxe said...

What a creative post!!
Wow! would have never guest!
xx
Dore

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Fascinating!
Catherine

Privet and Holly said...

Oh, I missed your post yesterday, so this is like getting the punch line! Oh well, it's VERY cool, just like YOU! What a fun game! Thank you for your very sweet comments.....it always makes my day to hear from you. xx Suzanne

pretty pink tulips said...

How interesting. Never would have guessed! Love that I learned something new!!

A Perfect Gray said...

cool!

Kathysue said...

I have never heard of a page turner but makes perfect sense for precious manuscripts, so interesting,I love learning new things, Happy weekend, Kathysue

lisaroy said...

a page turner! I would have bet money that it was a bone folder! but it makes perfect sense - so cool! : )

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

Nope, never would have guessed! Great find, it's a beauty! xoxo Beth

red ticking said...

very cute... hope you are enjoying your weekend xx

Kerry said...

That was fun! I love learning new stuff...and it's a very beautiful thing to own as well. Very well spotted and snapped up!