Paper knife

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Title

Paper knife

Subject

Letter openers
Ivory (tooth component)
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894
Mitchell, S. Weir (Silas Weir), 1829-1914

Description

Philadelphia's analogue to Holmes was neurologist and novelist S. Weir Mitchell (1829-1914). The two were well-acquainted and corresponded from the 1850s until Holmes' death. Weir Mitchell sent this ivory paper knife to Holmes in 1882 and composed the riddling poem inscribed on it. In a letter to Mitchell, Holmes said the knife was "too gorgeous—too grand—for such a humble literary work-bench…. The riddle on it is one of the best in the English language. I doubt if there are ten, or even five—I am not sure there are three which can compare with it in finish and in the perfection of its graceful double-meanings…. If you meant it for me, I can only say I thank you most heartily for a gift of which any author might be proud, engraved with lines which he will never look upon without wishing he had written them."

Abstract

Ivory paper knife sent to Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) by S, Weir Mitchell (1829-1914)

Creator

Unknown

Date Created

1882

Rights

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Access Rights

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Is Part Of

Boston Medical Library Artifact Collection

Format

image

Extent

1 knife

Medium

Ivory paper knife

Type

physical object

Identifier

DigID0002150

Provenance

From the collections of the Boston Medical Library

Files

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Citation

Unknown, “Paper knife,” OnView, accessed March 5, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6258.

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