Welcome to our second Mark Monday's blog post. This week we're focusing on a stunning item from the Victorian era, a page turner.
The page turner pictured, is likely to have lived in the library of a grand house in England during the 1870's.
It would have been used to turn the pages of larger reference books which were renowned for being delicate and for ripping rather easily. Larger books during the Victorian era were a much more precious commodity, so to avoid contact by fingers (which could damage the paper), the page turner was used to turn pages as it was more delicate and smooth.
What makes this item so attractive is the contrast between silver handle decorated with ornate flowers detail and the dark, rich brown tortoiseshell blade.
The silver handle is decorated in a Rococo style design which was beautiful realistic detail created by crafts people and designers elaborate carved forms.
The tortoiseshell blade was used due to it's smoothness and quality and was thought of at the time to be appropriate and acceptable, but of course now, using animal products is tightly controlled and not encouraged. The tortoiseshell reflects how much things have changed since the 1870's, but also the history and intriguing story behind the page turner.
Now the page turner is a beautiful ornamental piece which would look wonderful displayed in a cabinet, even framed or if you want to re-live the Victorian times or have any delicate books, can be used to turn pages of your own favourite books.
Thanks for reading, see you next week for more fantastic finds.
Ps. The page turner featured in this blog is available to purchase from Healey Art & Home for £175, but it's one of a kind, so don't miss out!