Elder Dempster letter knife

27th October 2005, 11:07
Hello, I was wondering whether anybody could give me any information on this letter opener, ie how old is it and did it come from a ship or could you buy them etc. Its been in my family for years but nobody knows where its come from. see attachment

27th October 2005, 17:41
Welcome bish to the site, someone will come up with an answer you can be sure of that,just wait for the Elder Dempster watch to turn to.

1st January 2006, 22:52
These sort of things were sometimes given to passengers on the maiden voyages of Elders mailboats. I've also come across napkin rings, matchbox holders etc. Does it have the ship's name on it?
They sometimes appear on e bay but don't seem to be of any great value.


Bruce Carson
2nd January 2006, 01:57
A wild guess.
The inscription on the knife mentions Bermuda and the West Indies.
I may be wrong, but I think that the only connection Elder Dempster had to that part of the world was their Imperial Direct West India Mail Line in the first decade of the twentieth century.

Bruce C.

Doug Rogers
2nd January 2006, 02:59
Welcome aboard bish, the mystery is already unravelling.

2nd January 2006, 23:18
Quite right Bruce, the service ran from 1900 - 1910. The 6 ships on the service were all called 'PORT xxxx'. Thumbnails show Port Antonio and Port Royal.