Overall: 10 3/8 x 7/8 x 1/4 in. ( 26.4 x 2.2 x 0.6 cm )
stamped: on metal plaque: "U.S. FRIGATE CONSTITUTION"
Hand-carved wooden letter opener with rectangular metal plaque with inscription "U.S. FRIGATE CONSTITUTION" nailed to handle.
This letter opener may have been made in the nineteenth or twentieth century out of wood from the frigate "Constitution"; or, it might be a commemorative souvenir from a later period.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.