This Victorian-era paper clip is the shape of a heart, with scalloped edges and a beautifully detailed center. The front piece has a worn gold surface, while the back piece is tin with a darker surface, creating an eye-catching contrast. The clip is still functioning: it has a firm grip and a hole at the top that allows the clip to be hung up on a wall. 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.
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.
The clip is approximately 5 1/4” x 3” x 1 1/2” and weighs 75 grams.