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>>1570 German Waidknecht
Subject: Waidknecht forester/woodsman
Culture: German
Setting: Holy Roman Empire 16-17thc
ObjectTrousse trousse
​Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor *
"Hunting Knife Combined with Wheellock Pistol  Steel, gold, staghorn, gilt bronze  Ambrosius Gemlich (etcher, active about 1520-1550)
German (Munich), dated 1546 In the sixteenth century, wheellock pistols were often combined with swords, knives, axes, maces, spears, and even crossbows, which could be used in the event the pistol misfired. Usually clumsy and impractical, combined weapons were nevertheless highly prized as curiousities. On this example, the heavy, cleaverlike blade is etched with a calendar, the decorator's name, and the date." ...

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​Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor *
"Hunting Knife and Scabbard with Knife and Fork
Steel, silver, staghorn, wood, leather
Blade: German, about 1678
Hilt and scabbard: probably Austrian, about 1740
The blunt, spatulate blade is in the form of a serving knife (présentaire in French).
  It is etched with a calendar for the period from 1678 to 1700 and the name Johann Adam Elinger (perhaps the engraver) of Stadtamhof,
 near Regensburg. The silver mounts are decorated with hunting scenes amid rococo ornament. The scabbard contains a knife and fork." ...

* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
"Set of Hunting Implements (Trousse)  Steel, silver, staghorn, wood, leather
Jakob Watzky (goldsmith, active 1641-1679)  German (Dresden), about 1650
In addition to the heavy-bladed knife for cutting up game after the hunt, this set (trousse in French) includes a knife, fork, and other implements in compartments in the scabbard.  The scabbard mounts, decorated with hunting scenes, bear the initials of Price-Elector Johann Georg I or Saxony (reigned 1611-56)." ...

* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
"Hunting Knife  Steel, brass, wood, bone, mother-of-pearl
Hans Sumersperger (active 1492-1498)  Austrian (Hall), about 1500
The grip is inlaid with the coat of arms of Austria in carved mother-of-pearl; the blade bears the mark of Hans Sumersperger, court knifesmith to Emperor Maximilian I (reigned 1493-1519).  Such knives formed part of a group of implements used by huntsmen for dressing game in the field." ...​