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Hunting sword

Hunting sword

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (South, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1680 - ca. 1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved ivory; gold and silver overlay

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ivory hunting sword or knife was made in South Germany in about 1680-1700. The handle is carved with intertwined animals: bears, lions and dogs. It has a curved blade.

Physical description

Sword with carved ivory hilt, the mounts of blued iron overlaid in gold and silver. Carved with intertwided animals: bears , dogs and lions. In the centre of the base of the handle on one side is a medallion of a bear, and on the other side, a fox. A lion's head and a dog's head protrude from either end of the base. The blade is curved.

Place of Origin

Germany (South, made)


ca. 1680 - ca. 1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved ivory; gold and silver overlay


Length: 71 cm whole, Width: 10 cm hilt (quillons), Length: 12.1 cm ivory alone, Depth: 2.9 cm hilt (grip), Length: 10 cm hilt (grip only)

Object history note

Bought from Sigmund Pickert, the son of the dealer Abraham Pickert, in Nuremberg in September 1871. Henry Cole was in Nuremberg in September 1871, when he selected for purchase a number of objects for the Museum, for a total sum of £350, from Herr Pickert. These were then acquired from January 1872 onwards.

Descriptive line

Hunting sword or knife, ivory and steel with gold and silver overlays, carved with various animals, South German, ca. 1680 - 1700

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1868 - 1908. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1872, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for Her Majesty's Stationery Office, by Wyman and Sons, Limited, p. 48
p. 422
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, p. 422, cat. no. 434



Subjects depicted

Dogs; Fox; Bears; Lion's head; Lions


Arms & Armour; Sport


Metalwork Collection

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