A Victorian silver-mounted page turner.

The shaft of the page turner carries the initial B for Burghley beneath a coronet and the handle is formed by an animal tooth, most probably the tusk of a wild boar. Early newsprint transferred easily to the reader’s hands, and was also highly toxic, so whilst reading a newspaper, a page turner would be used to flick over the pages, thus obviating contact with the newsprint.

REFERENCE: SIL04664 (part)

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