Silver paperknife with Amethyst pommel, 1909
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An exceptionally elegant silver paper knife with large amethyst stone pommel and silver rope decoration grip, the blade bearing the inscription ‘PRESENTED BY H.M. KING EDWARD VII TO J.W. LARNACH, XMAS 1909’. In a bespoke, amethyst-coloured calfskin presentation case.
Length of knife: 36 cm
A close friend of King Edward VII, James Walker Larnach was a renowned horse breeder who owned the thoroughbred Jeddah (1895-1909). In a two year racing career, Jeddah ran nine times and won three races, starting with The Derby in 1898 in which he became the first horse ever to win at odds of 100/1, proceeding to win the Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot in the same year. Most likely commissioned as a Christmas gift for Larnach, King Edward VII usually stayed at Larnach’s house on his visits to the Newmarket Races.
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