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Hunting Knife with Scabbard, Knife and Fork

blade, ca. 1678; hilt and scabbard, ca. 1740
blade, German; hilt and scabbard, probably Austrian
Steel, silver, staghorn, wood, leather
Hunting knife (a); L. 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm); scabbard (b); L. 19 7/8 in. (50.5 cm); knife (c); L. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); fork (d); L. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
The blunt, spatulate blade is a serving knife (présentoire in French). It is etched with a calendar for 1678–1700 and the name Johann Adam Elinger (perhaps the engraver). The silver mounts are later than the blade.
Inscription: Inscribed: (on blade, below zodiacal sign for March) Joh. Adam; (on blade, below zodiacal sign for April) Elinger. L

Notes of onscription: Dr. Nickel has suggested that the letter L (?) following the name Elinger might stand for lineavit (?) [trans.: hea has drawn it] which would indicate that Joh. Adam Elinger was probably the etcher.
Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 15–March 18, 1953.

San Francisco. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 18–June 7, 1953.

Pittsburgh. Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 1953–April 1954.

Rosenberg, Marc. Der Goldschmiede Merkzeichen. Vol. 4 volumes. Frankfurt: H. Keller, 1911. vol. 4, p. 435, mark no. 7886.

Dean, Bashford. Catalogue of European Court Swords and Hunting Swords: Including the Ellis, De Dino, Riggs, and Reubell Collections. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. p. 68, no. 3, ill., pl. LXXXVII.

Held, Robert. A review of 162 antique arms and pertinent objects. Lugano, 1976. no. 43.

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