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.
Western | Folk Art
PLACE OF ORIGIN
Engraved (blade): Canon City Colo.
Early 20th century
Width 0.5 Depth 6 Height 0.25 inches