A Hunting-Sword, c. 1770

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Item ref: 3713

  • Northern Europe, probably Germany
  • Steel, silver, wood, tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl
  • 67 cm / 26.4 in


Private collection, Austria

Hunting-swords of the rococo period formed an essential part of the formal hunting wardrobe, suspended in a baldrick or crossbelt which was frequently embroidered with hunting motifs en suite with the sword hilt and its decorated blade. This silver-hilted example makes a further statement of exotic opulence by way of its tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl veneers.

Hunting-swords with similarly decorated hilts are found in several historic collections throughout the German-speaking regions.