Profile image of a large stylish MidCentury Modern letter opener in the form of a cat. Design by Walter Bosse for Herta Baller. Rare 1950s Austrian design.
Close up head on shot of a black and gold line Walter Bosse cat shaped letter opener. The cat their tail raised high in the air. This long blade is what acts as the knife for opening letters. Production by Herta Baller, early-1950s, Austria.
A cat shaped letter opener designed by Walter Bosse laying on a teak table top. This cast brass item has been black patinated and then polished in areas. This finish was term 'Black Gold Line' by the talented Herta Baller workshop based in Austria.
Top down view of the underside or reverse of a cat shaped letter opener by Walter Bosse for Herta Baller. The bottom of the black cat is stamper 'AUSTRIA'.
Side angle of a letter opener in the form or shape of a cat laying on a table top. The design is from the 1950s and is part of Austrian designer Walter Bosse's impressive collection of whimsical animal figures that often has a use. Production by expert craftswoman Herta Baller.
Fa away image showing how a stylish and humorous cat shaped letter opener sits on a desk table top. Buy this rare Walter Bosse design from London based design gallery Art & Utility.
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Walter Bosse Cat Letter Opener

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A playful and stylish letter opener in the form of a cat. This object dates from the early 1950's and was designed by Walter Bosse for Herta Baller, Austria.

In response to the enduring drear of postwar years in Central Europe, Bosse designed his whimsical 'black-golden' line of patinated brass animals to "make as many people as possible happy."

Early examples, like this, are revered for their quality of design and manufacture.

Designer: Walter Bosse

Manufacturer: Herta Baller

Year of Design: C. 1950

Dates Produced: C. 1950-55

Colour: Black, gold

Height: 13.5 cm, Width: 4 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm

Condition: Very good. Worn from use.

Branding: Stamped ‘Austria’.