Steel, partly gilded, and mother-of-pearl
L. (of saw) 11 1/8 in. (35.8 cm)
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964 (64.101.1470–.1476)
Forged and decorated in Moulins, this partly gilded steel set of gardening implements, enhanced by mother-of-pearl, is engraved with motifs of fruit and foliage, the products of their use. The set includes billhooks for removing branches and clippers that could be mounted on a pole. A pruning knife, saw, and combination hammer and auger to cleave tree bark for bud grafts are evidence of the care taken in trimming and directing tree branches.