An early 20th century silver retractable toothpick in a discreet plain style. Fully portable, the little silver hook at one end will attach it to a key ring, watch chain etc for safety. To use simply slide the sleeve forward to reveal an elegant silver tooth pick.
Length 5.3cm closed, 7.5cm open.
Maker Arthur Downing Ltd.
Marks. Stamped on the side with a full set of Birmingham hallmarks (rubbed).
ARTHUR DOWNING LTD
Arthur Downing Ltd, Birmingham silversmith. Manufacturing jeweller, Upper Hockley St, Birmingham; later Spencer Street, Birmingham; then Warstone Lane, Birmingham. Marks seen on small items such as cigar cutter, pencil, pencil holder. Worked circa 1880-1910.