5. HUNTING SWORD Saxon, Late XVII Century
Type D. Rich hilt of gilded bronze, carved in the round and in high relief with hunting scenes: on guard boar hunt; on quillons deer and bear slaying dogs; on grip hounds, boar, stag, bear, and lion.
Blade double-edged; broad deep median groove; at base monk's head, mark and initials of Peter Munich (Solingen).
Scabbard of tan leather over wood; button suspension; fittings of gilded bronze en suite; on button lion hunt; ferrule, eagle (?) and fox; back, hounds and boar. Chape, hounds and stag with lion couchant; back plain with leaf engraving.
L.1759.54 L. 74.5 (60) Wt. 882.5
Note: Until 1910 this object remained in the possession of a distinguished Saxon family as an heirloom which had been presented to an ancestor by Augustus the Strong.
Plate LXXXIX Lent by Bashford Dean
6. HUNTING SWORD German, Late XVII Century
Type A. Excepting its ivory grip (including pommel) the present hilt is of broadsword pattern, of single piece of blued steel, sparingly chiseled in low relief. Anneau represents rudimentary horizontal shell guard; quillons short, slanting, tipped with bulbous ornaments; knuckle guard ends above and below in dolphin's head, its tip passing nearer the back of the blade (page 70) than the quillon. On ricasso, left, device of Garter, like that of English order but with lion and eagle supporters. Ivory grip sculptured with spirited hunting scene. At base of blade head of Turk with inscription AMURAT, and bust with inscription JEAN HUNJADI. Above this, armorer's mark of crossed sceptres.
26.145.240 L. 85 (69) Wt. 701.5
Note: Said to have been made by French workman in Berlin for Guard of Elector of Brandenburg.
Plate XC, Reubell Benefaction
7. HUNTING SWORD WITH KNIFE AND FORK German, Beginning of XVIII Century
Type B, suggesting No.12, but more heavily mounted, with ricasso developed at the expense of the grip, the latter of table-knife pattern with bone plaques fastened to tang by rosettes. Ricasso, knuckle guard and quillon welded together. All parts, except grip, of steel encrusted in silver with pearled border and in design of animals and baroque sprays of flowers in relief. Blade single-edged, broad, short back-edge at point; wide groove on right side; left ungrooved and ornamented with etching: left, pedestal bearing date 1656 and medallion embossed with portrait of man in armor; right, panel of running game.
Scabbard of plain black leather reinforced at tip; spade-shaped hook for suspension; no ferrule; chape of plain steel; in pocket small knife and fork (doubtfully belonging to the present sword) with silver handles chased en torsade and engraved with flowers; on knife blade armorer's mark (Gothic S); on top of handle of both knife and fork inscription: DAGN 1685. Note that these implements do not have separate pockets in the scabbard, but are merely kept side by side in a single pocket, evidently designed as incisors of stag.
26.145.256 L. 65 (51.5) Wt. 721
Comparisons: One in the Tsarskoe-Selo with an almost identical hilt, but with a different blade (Rockstuhl, Tsarskoe-Selo, pl. CLX, fig. 3).
Plate XC Reubell Benefaction
8. COUTEAU DE CHASSE Saxon, First Half of XVIII Century
Hilt consists of shell guard and grip only (type D with quillons lacking). Guard of gilded bronze deeply chased as florid cockle shell and which in rectangular opening doubtless held a gem. Grip of ivory carved in high relief with broad baroque scrolls; at top reclines a stag carved in the round.
Blade etched and gilded at base with panels; against hatched background sun, scrolls, and strapwork, medallion of deer and boar.
26.145.242 L. 74.5 (60) Wt. 509
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9. COUTEAU DE CHASSE Saxon, First Half of XVIII Century
Type D. Quillons of gilded metal chiseled with leaf motifs in relief. Grip of ivory suggests No. 29; on baroque capital a lion holds in front claws a crescent.
Blade double-edged with median flattening, and at forte on each side groove with inscription: TOMAS AYALA, and ornament.
Scabbard of black leather; button as suspension; gilded brass fittings en suite with quillons.
26.145.243 L. 75 (59) Wt. 541.5
Comparisons: A specimen in the National Museum at Munich with hilt showing variations in detail, but with identical guard; blade etched'
Plate XCI Reubell Benefaction
(Webmaster's note: Here is a colour image of this hunting sword on the Metropolitan Museum of Art Web site)
10. HUNTING SWORD French, "Peking" Work, Mid-XVIII Century
Type C. Hilt bronze (shakudo?), chiseled in relief en suite against delicately stippled gold background. Large drooping shell guard of five lobes chiseled with hunting theme: two nude figures recline upon turf; bow and quiver at the feet of one; nearby hound and spaniel; in the distance a deer (?); in the background building and hills; figures in bronze, excepting the head of one; dogs, deer, bow and arrows in gold; hills in bronze finely damascened in gold to represent verdure; entire composition enclosed in border of leaves alternately bronze and gold with gold mascaron above. Inner face of guard smooth black bronze with Chinese landscape in delicate flat damascene of gold. Grip of metal rounding out above, with phoenix, hunter, dog, and foliage.
Blade with clip point, German, etched on both sides: at base rectangle with strapwork interlace against hatched background; above, figure of soldier with inscription in scroll: V. PANDUR.
26.145.259 L. 70 (56) Wt. 653
Plate XCII Reubell Benefaction