DETAILS
A scarce, vintage letter opener made at the Canon City Penitentiary in the early 20th century. In 1909, the new warden, Thomas Tynan began a program for the prisoners to occupy their time making crafts. Along with horse bits and spurs the inmates made small items such as button hooks, rings, and letter openers that could be sold in the prison gift store. It is a scarce piece of Colorado history.

STYLE
Western | Folk Art

PLACE OF ORIGIN
United States

MONOGRAM/INSCRIPTION
Engraved (blade): Canon City Colo.

PERIOD
Early 20th century

DATE
Circa 1920

DIMENSIONS
Width 0.5 Depth 6 Height 0.25 inches

ITEM ID
W-79-0340
ITEM TYPE
Vintage

Eron Johnson Antiques

Rare American Abalone and Nickel Canon City Prison Made Letter Opener

$295

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