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A VERY FINE RUSSIAN AGATE-HANDLED HUNTING DAGGER WITH NIELLOED-SILVER MOUNTS
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A VERY FINE RUSSIAN AGATE-HANDLED HUNTING DAGGER WITH NIELLOED-SILVER MOUNTS

LATE 18TH EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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A VERY FINE RUSSIAN AGATE-HANDLED HUNTING DAGGER WITH NIELLOED-SILVER MOUNTS
LATE 18TH EARLY 19TH CENTURY
With slender tapering hollow-ground single-edged blade cut with a narrow fuller along the back-edge on each side, hilt comprising narrow fluted guard, agate grip of flattened octagonal section with shaped nielloed silver collar above the guard delicately decorated with a scene of the chase involving a mounted huntsman with hounds persuing a stag with mountains in the distance, the reverse of the collar with a vignette involving an eagle and a dacha, nielloed silver pommel decorated en suite with a scene involving a wolf-hunt on the outer side and a scene involving a hunter armed with a fusil standing with his hound outside a large dacha on the inner side, in original sheath covered with green-stained leather and with nielloed silver mounts decorated with rococo ornament, the outer face of locket with a vignette depicting a castle in a wooded landscape, and single ring for suspension
9¾in. (24.8cm.) blade
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VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 20% on the buyer's premium.

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Lot Essay

For examples of Russian hunting daggers and hangers displaying similar characteristics to the present Lot please see Dr. Jurij A. Miller, Masterpieces of Russian Hunting Arms from The State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg. A dagger with similar blade and grip is illustrated as fig. 28 on p. 59, and a dagger illustrated as fig. 33 on p. 69 has a very similar sheath
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