Writing letters was an important part of life in the Victorian era. Developments in the postal service, and the introduction of The Penny Post, made sending letters cheaper and easier than ever before. Letter writing accessories, like these paper clips, were popular household items that have been left behind as treasures from the era. These clips are still functional and make excellent home or office decorations. We have several in our collection, each with its own unique style and design.
This Victorian-era clip consists of two tones of metal. The front piece is brass with a gilt finish. The back piece is a base metal with various shades of brown. The contrast of the two colors is striking. The clip features the initials “A.I.” surrounded by ornate details.
This piece would be lovely hung up in a kitchen or office as a catchall for papers, notes, recipes, and receipts, or hung up outside near the front door for outgoing mail. It could also sit on a desk to help keep paperwork organized.
Circa 1890’s, there is a gorgeous patina and lovely signs of previous use that brings character and charm to this special piece.
The clip measures as 3 3/8” x 1 7/8” x 1 “ and weighs 24.6 grams.