41. HUNTING SWORD German, About 1800
Type F. Hilt of steel sculptured in low relief against finely punctate gold background. At sides of grip floral scrolls ajouré: design includes row of medallions in which blued steel centered with bronze star alternates with chiseled steel bearing trophies or flowers.
Blade: forte etched with elaborate German baroque scrolls against hatched background; on right the inscription: FIDAR DI ME SE IT COC IJ MARIA.
26.145.254 L. 68 Wt. 468
Plate c Reubell Benefaction
42. HUNTING SWORD French, 1807-1813
One of the most important specimens of its type (D) and period; it was prepared for Jerome Bonaparte (1784-1860), King of Westphalia. Hilt of gilded bronze, carved with great skill in Empire motifs. Quillons straight, terminating as hounds' heads. Enormously developed ricasso, carved, left, with head of Diana, falcons in hunting horns, peltry tied to spear; right, with monogram C.B. Grip mother-of-pearl, fluted; sides as bronze strips in laurel and bead. Pommel expanded, bears medallions of stag and goat, Greek honeysuckle, oak wreaths, floral medallions, hunting horns, and quiver.
Blade double-edged; forte ovoid in section; at base etched, blued, and gilded, bearing inscription (largely concealed within lips of ricasso): on one side, COULAUX FRÈRES; on reverse, MANUFACTURE NATIONALE DE KLINGENTHAL.
Scabbard tan calfskin over wood; button suspension; fittings en suite; ferrule with hunting horn, spear, gun, and axe; also realistic figure of wolf with leg caught in trap; on button Napoleonic bee framed by laurel wreath. On back, in shield, worn inscription: PIRENIEL (?) A PARIS C. . . DE SA MAJté LE ROY DE WESTPHALIE; crossed oak leaves below. Scabbard mountings decorated en suite.
L.2294 L. 64.5 (51) Wt. 542
Note: Childeric's tomb, discovered at Tournay in 1653, contained, among other things, a number of gold bees which suggested to Napoleon I the adoption of the bee as an imperial emblem.
Provenance: Obtained by Frederick Gallatin (father of the present lender) at the sale of the collection of the Villa Borghese, Rome.
Plate CI Lent by Albert Gallatin, 1923
43. BELT FOR HUNTING SWORD North German, Beginning of XVIII Century
Of olive-green morocco to which is sewed a facing of dark brown morocco elaborately embroidered in green silk showing scrolls, rosettes, and hand scythe. Two silver buckles with embossed borders of rococo design and cartouche with matted background on each of the four sides; in each of three of these cartouches appears one of the following initials, F I P (Frederick I of Prussia, 1657-1713), and in the lowest cartouche appears a scythe; near lower border of (page 84) each buckle is stamped the hail mark (see also No. 3); in the cartouches that bear the Roman numeral I and the scythe are stamped crescentic marks.
44. BELT FOR HUNTING SWORD German, XVIII Century
Of brown leather, covered with green velvet; from right side is suspended a V-shaped band carrying the loop through which passed a hunting sword. Large brass "buckle" or clasp whose gilded border, ornamented with foliation, encloses an elliptical mother-of-pearl plaque engraved with trees, birds, covered wagon, stag, hunter and dog.
45. BELT FOR HUNTING SWORD Polish (?), XVIII Century
Of olive-green morocco; borders and median band decorated with rows of silver nail-heads, plain and foliate. Buckle rectangular, silver plated; border chiseled with leaf design.
46. SWORD BELT German or Polish, XVIII Century
Of green morocco; outer face covered with a broad band ornamented with silver galoon, the ridged surface giving the effect of corduroy. From left side of waist-belt are suspended two (page 86) broad bands, which carry the loop through which passed the sword. Clasp buckle of silver, rectangular and convex, engraved on a stippled background with scrolls and foliation surrounding central medallion with urn holding spray of flowers. On hook of buckle two hail marks; clasp bifurcated, its ends perforated with twin holes by means of which it was sewed to the belt; clasp bears a hail mark repeated, between which as well as on border is engraved a zigzag ornament.