Wooden map page turner.
Varnished wood. 335 x 35 mm. Maps printed on both sides, with calendar for 1889 in gold on black on both sides of the finial.
"This desk accessory, designed for use as a map page turner or letter opener/paper knife, was a promotional item for The Eastern Telegraph Company Limited and The Eastern Extension Telegraph Company Limited. Based in London, these companies were part of a network creating communication routes around the UK and across the Atlantic in the late 1800s ... The blade of this wooden object is decorated with varnished sections of a world map, including Australia, with red lines indicating international land and sea telegraph lines." (Description of a similar example in the Queensland Museum, Registration no. H47766).
In very good condition.