William Warne letter opener
Unmarked white metal (possibly steel) letter opener presented as a gift by William Warne Co. Ltd, of Barking, to their clients. This rubber manufacturing company was established in 1896 by Messrs William Warne and co. They purchased the factory buildings of the defunct Jute factory in Fisher Street, Barking, which were then the largest factory buildings in the UK. The Warne rubber factory was one of the largest of the local industries in the area until its closure in the 1970s.
White metal letter opener. Long and narrow with a waisted section two-thirds along the length. Above this waist the metal is flat and widens gradually to the end. This section is engraved on both sides. Below the waist the opener is convex and tapers to a point.
Whole length: 243mm
Inscription Array One side of flat section: With the Compliments of WILLIAM WARNE & CO. LTD, BARKING. ESSEX ENGLAND
Inscription Array One side of flat section: RUBBER for all Industries
Entry Number 1682 (2007-02-06)