At the heart of British cultural life for centuries is the St. James’s area of London. In the 17th Century the area developed as a location for the British aristocracy and in the 19th century became the principle centre for gentlemen’s clubs. The area still contains many fine and notable buildings and upmarket shopping areas. It includes St. James’s Square, Pall Mall, Carlton House Terrace with the John Nash designed houses, and St James Street. At the heart of St. James’s lies St. James Square. A square steeped in British history.
For it’s first two hundred years it was one of the most fashionable areas of London. In the 1720’s seven dukes and seven earls were in residence. Our 18th century oak came from No. 4 St. James’s Square.
Other notable institutions in the square include the London Library, the East India Club and Chatham House. Chatham House is the former home of British Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder.
The paper knife is a fine item steeped in the history not just of St. James’s but Great Britain as well. It’s age blackened oak nearly three hundred years old and bears the patina not just of aged wood but also in it’s scars the echoes of Lawrence of Arabia and other significant figures in British history.