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Old 8th May 2022, 12:10 PM   #1
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Default Is this an opium cutter ?

The seller in the street market assures me this is an opium cutter. I suggested it is a bettel cutter and he says it is not the same thing; that he saw it in the internet as being a tool for cutting opium ... which i doubt.
Anyone here to tell me the seller is right ... or wrong ? In fact and based on his 'certainty' he is asking a lot of money for this antique.
Its real size is circa 1/3 of this enlarged picture


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Old 8th May 2022, 03:18 PM   #2
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Seems to be just an ordinary betel cutter...
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Old 8th May 2022, 06:45 PM   #3
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Thank you Colin; that's what i though. I have just read that they call this version guillotine type.
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Old 10th May 2022, 09:09 PM   #4
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Yes, an Indian betel cutter.
Attached two similar examples from my collection.
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Very nice examples you show there, Detelef.
First one below an example with silver inlay that i had and let go.
The second, one that i have and would love to know what those engraved letters would mean.

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Thank you Fernando,

the both you have shown in up are much nicer! Both are from India I think.

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Thank you Detlef. Yes, i think so.
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