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Hunting sword, sheath, knife, fork and belt

Artist or maker:
Unknown
Date:
c 1750
Place of production:
Germany
Medium:
steel, copper or brass, bone, gold, wood, leather, canvas and velvet
Type of object:
hunting swords
sheaths
belts (costume accessories)
forks
knives (culinary tools)
Accession number:
2850

Commentary

Short-bladed swords called hangers were originally devised for hunting. The guard on this sword is probably by the same workshop responsible for the guard on acc. no. 2527. A somewhat similar belt is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (acc. no. 29.158.725). In 1922, this sword was displayed in the Baron's Room on the ground floor of Waddesdon Manor. It may have been acquired by Ferdinand de Rothschild, rather than by his sister Alice.

Phillippa Plock, 2015

Physical description

Dimensions (mm):
660 x 425 x 40; weight 764g.
592 x 86 x 37 (sword); 440 x 28 (blade); weight 362g.
457 x 34 x 35 (sheath); weight 97g.
164 x 18 x 16 (knife); weight 21g.
155 x 19 x 15 (fork); weight 20g.
430 x 345 x 43 (belt); 153 x 44 (front strap); 190 x 44 (rear strap); 108 x 115 (frog); weight 264g.
Marks:
[two crossed hammers in a saltaire
hammer]
Maker's mark
[on blade of by-knife, cutler's mark]

History

Provenance:
Acquired by either Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (b.1839, d.1898) or Alice de Rothschild (b.1847, d.1922); inherited by her great-nephew James de Rothschild (b.1878, d.1957); bequeathed to Waddesdon The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust) in 1957.
Collection:
Waddesdon (National Trust)
Gift of Dorothy de Rothschild, 1971

Bibliography

Bibliography

Claude Blair, Anthony Blunt; The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor: Arms, Armour and Base-Metalwork; Fribourg; Office du Livre; 1974; pp. 157-59, cat. no. 53, ill.

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