The Wallace Collection

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Hunting knife with scabbard
  • Hunting knife with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Paris, France
  • c. 1860
  • Steel, silver, wood, leather and silk, engraved, cast and chased
  • Length: 69.7 cm
    Length: 51.4 cm, blade
    Weight: 1.35 kg
    Weight: 0.432 kg, scabbard
  • Signature: 'JEANISSET'
    Inscription: 'Donné / PAR / L'Empereur / NAPOLEON III / AU / MARQUIS / D'HERTFORD' framed in palm branches
  • A707
  • European Armoury III
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  • The hilt is cast and chased in solid silver with an American Indian struggling with two mountain lions; the group is signed at the base by the designer/maker, Jeanisset. Relatively few of the works of art in Hertford House have a direct connection with the Hertford family, but this splendid hunting knife is one of the few notable exceptions. It bears an inscription on the reverse of the scabbard locket indicating that it was a gift to the 4th Marquess of Hertford from the Emperor Napoleon III, whose own passion for collecting arms and armour is said to have been inspired by the impressive Oriental arms collection of his friend.