Victorian Postal Products. These items date to the mid to late nineteenth century. Moving clockwise, items include a brass letter holder with a sunflower pattern; an ornate letter holder with four pen rests; a black metal blotter with gold floral decorations, which forms a set with a small black metal letter opener and stamp box in front of the holder/tray; a mahogany seal with the letter G in brass for stamping; a small and large brass paper clip in the shape of a gloved hand; a plain glass inkwell holding a lady's gold and ivory quill pen; a brass combination scissors and letter opener with an ornamental design; an open brass stamp box, also in a sunflower pattern and matching the letter holder to its left. Photograph by Michael Marx. Text by Catherine J. Golden. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who created the image and (2) link your document to this URL]

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Briggs, Asa. Victorian Things. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989.

Golden, Catherine J. Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2009.

Harris, David. Portable Writing Desks. Buckinghamshire, UK: Shire Publications Ltd., 2001.

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