Six Falconry Hoods, c. 1850

3795 v2

Item ref: 3795

  • European, probably Germany
  • Leather, velvet and feathers
  • the tallest 13 cm / 5.1 in


Private collection, United Kingdom

Hoods originated to spare hunting birds unnecessary agitation. Nonetheless, the procedure itself could be rather stressful for the bird, and Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor (1194 - 1250), in his famous book on falconry The Art of Hunting with Birds advised practising the hooding procedure in a darkened room and gave instructions on how the hood should be held in the hand.