Sherman Detective Agency letter opener

Description (Brief)
Plastic letter opener with black print and scroll design around handle. It is an advertisement for Sherman Detective Agency in Boston, Mass., which is listed as a strike-breaking detective agency in the American Federation of Labor: History, Encyclopaedia, Reference Book Volume 1; 1919.
Currently not on view
Object Name
letter opener
date made
ca 1915
Whitehead & Hoag Company
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
overall: 2.5 cm x 21.1 cm; in x 8 5/16 in
place made
United States: New Jersey, Newark
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
labor issues
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

7/25/2015 9:46:46 PM
AV Sawyer
I have one of these letter openers inscribed on the reverse to Lieut George E Saxton.
9/14/2016 5:29:48 PM
Ed Youngman
I have one that has the name Justice Charles F. Stone.
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