One of my all-time favorite films is the 1937 comedy “Tovarich,” starring Claudette Colbert and Charles Boyer as a pair of down-on-their luck Russian aristocrats forced to work as servants in a fancy Parisian household. That’s why I find this Art Deco Sterling Silver letter opener made by Andrew Barrett & Sons an absolutely delightful accompaniment to the dreadful chore of opening bills. The ivory handle is carved in the form of a shapely woman’s leg, and the sterling blade is engraved with the word “Tovarish,” which means “comrade” in Russian. The letter opener was reputedly engraved as a gift to the great Ms. Colbert herself.
A glance at the communist greeting always gives me a chuckle as I rip through the evidence of my own capitalistic excess! To inquire on this rare and beautifully maintained piece, click here.