TJ’s Household Haiku – Paperknife

A new book uncut

The sharp paper knife making

Incisive remarks

Viacar of Wakefield with illustrations by Hugh Thomson

Ah the paraphernalia of a gentler age. An Art Deco Bakelite Clock, a pair of Opera glasses, a stone mosaic handled Venetian silver filigree paper knife and a late Victorian edition of my favorite play, She Stoops to Conquer

Ah the days when new books arrived “uncut” so that you needed to have your paper knife at hand to divide up the pages as you went. I have now and then found books with their leaves still unseparated after a hundred years of more which is exciting in one one and sad in another knowing that the book was obviously never read and enjoyed.

This paper knife would have been a souvenir from the 1920’s and is in silver filigree and stone mosaic where the fragments of stone have been used to produce this rather garish handle.

Many thanks to the contributors to last week’s challenge “Jewel Box

Judy from Edwina’s Episodes had reminded us that Jewellery does not always appear as it seems. We all need our little titivations now and then!

Ritu has shared some images of some beautiful boxes made all the more special by friendship. A lovely sequence of haiku too!

Life Home and Away has a great haiku about what happens when you talk to much about your treasures (Oh dear I am in trouble!). Also a reflective piece about when to say too much (or too little) which is well worth a read.

Tucked into a Corner has 3 haiku telling of the jumbled history so many find in their jewel boxes. Truly the past and present mixed together and a melange of precious and forgotten memories.

Treasures from the ocean finish this collection with a lovely image from Kat Myrman


55 thoughts on “TJ’s Household Haiku – Paperknife

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  3. LOVE this… a paper knife… I am intrigued and now shall be on the search for one in resale and antique shops. Wicked awesome. Oh and Household Haiku prompts? You’ve most likely used a foot stool aleady, but it was the first thing that popped into my head. Cheers

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  5. Lovely–first word to last, including photo. Interesting to learn about your fave play 🙂 I had not heard of a paper knife before–but an idea springs to mind for a haiku…and that’s the whole point, right? Wishing you an excellent week, TJ 🙂

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    • And a wonderful week to you too! It is very droll (in an 18th century sort of way). Oliver Goldsmith’s Vicar of Wakefield is also one of my all time favorite novels.


      • You’re quite the Renaissance Man, it seems–very fascinating 🙂 I need to read “She Stoops to Conquer”–I LOVE the title. And if you’re a praying Aussie friend, do think of me this week: my new laptop will be delivered Monday…I’m excited, ecstatic–and worried I won’t know how to set it up on my own (thus messing it up the first day) 🙂

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  9. Not sure how refined my taste was. Or is! I enjoyed connecting with people in some distant land and earlier stage of technology through this simple but necessary activity if one wanted to read! I’m definitely not the “Regency” type!

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