|Object Name||Knife, Paper|
Carved ivory letter opener; hollow cylindrical handle with 3 rows of pierced slots; handle end is threaded inside (a finial which probably screwed onto the end is now missing); flat ivory blade screws into the handle with a metal screw.
|Acquisition||Gift of Bertha Conner|
|Ownership and History||
This letter opener was given to the Staten Island Historical Society by Bertha (Manee) Conner (1879-1966). Bertha and her husband, Willett Leslie Conner (1877-1932), lived in the structure now known as the Stephens-Black House at Historic Richmond Town. They were parents of 16 children.
Among his various business activities, Willett Leslie Conner was postmaster in the village of Richmond. His wife assumed his duties after his death in 1932, serving until 1941.
|Lexicon Sub-category||Written Communication T&E|
Conner, Bertha (Manee)
Conner, Willett Leslie
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