blade, German; hilt and scabbard, probably Austrian
Steel, silver, staghorn, wood, leather
L. of hunitng knife (a) 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm); L. of scabbard (b) 19 7/8 in. (50.5 cm); L. of knife (c) 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); L. of fork (d) 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
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.