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  • Scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1470
  • Leather, gesso, parchment and paint, tooled
  • Inscription: 'Di[e]se Credentz messer sein des Allerbruch leuchtigisten Grosmechtigisten / fuersten unnd[h]errn …. Ahaÿsier friederichen [h]och löblichister säliger / gedächtnus ge [wes] ….en. Vund Im 1561 jar zum Gtift Gurck … vmb. / Diese … anden herr Victor Waligers.' In German, Gothic type
  • A886
  • European Armoury I
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  • Sheath of leather, coated with gesso, painted green, with the mouth red, and tooled with scrolled foliage, the background punched; there is a third pocket for a small knife or steel (now missing). At one time furnished with a cap, and there is a loop at the back for suspension. It bears a parchment label with the following inscription:

    Di[e]se Credentz messer sein des Werdurch leuchtigisten Grosmechitgisten juersten und[h]errn. . . .Ahansier friederichen [h]och löblichister säliger gedächtnus ge [wes]. . ..en. anno In 1561 jar zum Gtift Gurk. . . .umb. Diese. . . .anden herr Victor Waligers.

    This would appear to record that these serving knives (belonged ?) to the most serene and mighty Prince and Emperor Frederick, of blessed memory, and were (transferred ?) to the charitable foundation of Gurck (? Gurk in Carinthia, Austria)… in the year 1561.

    German, about 1470

    Bailey, Knives and Forks, fig. 6 (1); Hayward, 'Early German cutlery', Apollo Annual, 1949, pp. 60-3, Fig. I.

    Provenance: E. Lowengrad (une trousse à 2 couteaux du XVième siècle, 2,000 fr.; receipted bill, 21 May, 1870); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.