A CHILD'S GOLD-MOUNTED HUNTING HANGER
A CHILD'S GOLD-MOUNTED HUNTING HANGER

AUSTRIAN OR GERMAN, DATED 1751

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A CHILD'S GOLD-MOUNTED HUNTING HANGER
Austrian or German, dated 1751
With narrow curved single-edged blade back-edged towards the blunt point, struck on one face with a mark and engraved 'Framea ss'mi Archi ducis Caroli/Poson in Diceta Anni 1751. gesta.' ['Sword carried by the most serene Archduke Charles at Poson (the Hungarian name for Bratislava Preburg) at the imperial Diet in the year 1751'], the hilt with bloodstone handle carved in relief with rococo scrolls and shells, and with cast and chased mounts comprising short straight quillons with foliated tips made in one with the grip ferrule, decorated with leaves and scrolls, and cap pommel formed as a monster's head
14 in. (36.2 cm.) blade
Provenance
The Imperial Collections, Vienna
Rothschild inv. no. AR3133.
Literature
1903 theresianumgasse Inventory, p. 43, no. 89.
O. Gamber and C. Beaufort-Spontin, catalogue of the exhibition, Curiositten und Inventionen aus Kunst- und Rstkammer, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 1978, p. 86.
Exhibited
Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, inv. no. A 2280, from 1967.
Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Curiositten und Inventionen aus Kunst- und Rstkammer, 1978.

Lot Essay

The Archduke Carl (Josef) was the second son of the Empress Maria Theresa (for whom see lot 215); he was born in 1745 and died in 1761. He is believed to have carried this sword as part of his ceremonial dress when he accompanied his mother at the Imperial Diet at Preburg in 1751.
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