I could not believe what I was seeing at a weekend Antique Show in the San Antonio, TX area. There on the table in front of me was an item marked "Double letter opener" and priced at 45.00. When I saw what it was and picked it up to examin it to be sure, I just could not believe what I was seeing. I asked the dealer if he could do any better and he said yes. I will sell it to you for 40.00 including sales tax. He said he had priced it at 45.00 because he had never seen a double letter opener like this before.
Well tucked in the back of the leather sheath ( where a pair of matching shears would have been ) was a fantastic Silver Mounted US NAVAL DIRK (Circa 1810) with its original solid silver sheath.
I have attached a photo of the Letter opener, Leather Case and Dirk as the were together on the table and also a picture of the dirk and scabbard removed from the case.
These US NAVAL DIRKS are very scarce and especially in all silver hilts with a current value range of 1500.00 to 2000.00.
This is why I try to make the Antique shows , because you NEVER KNOW what you could find.