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Hunting trousse
  • Hunting trousse
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • early 19th century
  • Steel, bronze, gold, wood, velvet and copper, etched, gilded and silvered
  • Length: 38.7 cm, knife
    Width: 6.2 cm, at hilt
    Width: 7.3 cm, at point
    Weight: 2.03 kg
  • Maker's mark: Crowned 'H' Stamped
  • A704
  • European Armoury III
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  • Set of eviscerating instruments,(Ger. Waldpraxe, Fr. trousse de chasse), consisting of a large knife, scabbard and five small knives and implements.

    Large knife: the hilt is of gilt bronze, of rounded oblong section, short thick guard, with reversed scroll-shaped ends, hollowed on the under side to fit over the locket of the scabbard; flattened side-ring; the whole decorated with hunting scene, scrolls, shells and flowers chased in low relief, the broad blade is back-edged, slightly hollow-ground and its surface is broadly etched with a male figure in pseudo-oriental costume on one side, and an animal and a crescent moon in the oriental style, the groundwork of the etched surface simulating the watering of an eastern blade.

    Scabbard of wood covered with green velvet and heavily mounted in gilt bronze decorated with hunting scenes and rococo ornament, pierced and chased, and with certain details silvered; at the back, two flattened bands for suspension, to which is attached a chain of gilt copper.

    Implements: these consist of three knives, a fork, and a file pierced at the end for use as a bodkin; the handles of gilt bronze similar to the hilt of the large knife, the blades of the knives stamped with a cutler's mark of a crowned H.
    German, early-19th century.

    Provenance: Paul Demidoff, Prince of San Donato, sold Paris, April, 1870, lot 650, purchased by Lord Hertford for 300 fr.