I don't know if this fits your expertise but I will give you a shot. I have an old letter opener/knife. It is very heavy and possibly made of brass. It looks like the handle is a characature of Napolean.
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Good morning, Greg! Sorry for the delay - I was away for the weekend.Can you upload clear pictures of your letter opener, front and back? Here's some help with that:You can use the paper clip icon at the top of your answer box.Or:You can go to http://www.photobucket.com, using my screen name, Judith-On-Antiques and my password, sharemyphotos1. There you can post your pictures, and then come back to this page and let me know you've done it.Or:Go to http://www.imgur.com. 1. Click "Computer". 2. Double click the image you want to upload. 3. Click "Start Upload". 4. When the image appears on your screen, just copy the link from that page and paste it on this page.If that doesn't work for you:You can email the pictures XXXXX@XXXXXX.XXX, and ask them to forward the pictures to me. You must tell them the pictures are for the Antiques category, and give them your user name and mine, which is Judith-on-Antiques. It is important for you to send the email from the address with which you registered at Just Answer. If you are sending them from a phone, you must put the original email address in the text. If you email the pictures, it could take 12 to 72 hours for them to reach me.
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Thank you, Greg.Now, I need to ask you a question so we can determine whether it is solid brass or plated. Please hold a magnet up to the letter opener and tell me if it sticks.
It does not stick anywhere.
Hi, Greg!Sorry for the delay. My computer crashed and I've spent most of the day trying to get back online.Thanks for the pictures!Your letter opener is solid brass. It is French, made circa 1900. If it is in perfect condition, its current retail (replacement or insurance) value is approximately $250. If you were to sell it, you could expect to get the fair market (private sale or auction) value of approximately 40% of the retail amount.I hope this answer has been helpful to you, Greg. Thanks for using Just Answer!
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