AUCTION ALERT: Thomas Del Mar – ANTIQUE ARMS, ARMOUR & MILITARIA, 29thJune 2016
I thought I would share this interesting lot from next week’s sale with you:
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN NOBLEMAN
A FINE GERMAN HUNTING TROUSSE (WEIDBESTECK) SECOND QUARTER OF THE 18TH CENTURY
comprising cleaver with heavy single-edged chopping blade iron hilt chiselled in low relief comprising a pair of straight quillons decorated with large game recurved terminals formed as monsterheads ring-guard decorated on the lower face with a woodland scene involving a boar set upon by a pair of hounds and on the upper face a further woodland scene involving a stag set upon by three hounds integral grip decorated on the inside with a stag hunting scene en suite with the ring and the outer with a hunter in contemporary dress at the base a panel of engraved silver in the middle on each face and pommel formed as a maned lionshead with brass tongue in its fabric-covered wooden scabbard (light wear shrinkage now a poor fit) encased in pierced iron the inner face with two loops for suspension the outer decorated with a vertical arrangement of stag and boar hunting woodland scenes involving hunters in contemporary dress plain iron locket (two rivets missing loose) and complete with its accompanying pieces comprising bodkin with file three knives of differing length and a fork each with grip inlaid with an engraved silver panel front and back and chiselled iron lionshead pommel en suite with the cleaver and remaining in good untouched condition throughout
35.0 cm; 13 3/4 in cleaver blade
A related example formerly in the Meyrick Collection at Goodrich Court Herefordshire is illustrated Skelton 1854 plate II figs. 10 and 11. Another formerly in the collection of Prince Carl of Prussia is illustrated Hiltl 1876 cat. no. 516.