This South German, probably Bavarian, hunting trousse dates to the second half of 18th century, and is bedecked in sterling silver, all parts of the furniture decorated en suite. The very large, 61 cm long, massive blade of the hirschfanger is engraved and gold washed on three sides, and is inscribed with a short rhyme -
für den Adel
, which, freely translated from the old German, means 'The hunt is an old right,
Meant only for the nobles
And their kind'.
The message of the poem is amplified by the superior quality of the hilt and the mounts of the scabbard. Both the hilt and the chape bear silver hallmarks. The blade of the paring knife/beimesser is struck with a maker's mark. The leather covering the scabbard is a later replacement, quite well-done. The quality and the detail of the engraved and gold-filled blade decorations ares second to none.
A superb, museum quality set!