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I offer for sale a rather lovely, early 19th century, French hunting hanger, with a blued and gilt Solingen, German manufactured blade, made by Phillip Jakob Schnitzler and Wilhelm B.S. Kirschbaum, who were operating in Solingen from 1811 onwards and marking their blades "S & K" at the forte, as this blade is marked.

The strong, hollow-ground, diamond cross-section blade, measures exactly 23 inches in length (58.5 cms), and is primarily designed for thrusting. The blade is blued for the first two-thirds of its length, with motifs in gilt such as a Stag with a quiver of arrows, a Stand of Arms, floral swags and bridges of gilt decoration at the forte. The blueing is somewhat rubbed and faded and the unblued section of the blade bears some spots of black oxidization. The blade appears firm in the hilt, possibly the very slightest movement but nothing major.

The quillon block cartouche contains a lovey detailed Stag's head with laurel leaves on one side, and a crowned(?) Wild Boar with leaf garlands on the other side. The neoclassical-shaped grip appears to be made of Ebony or horn and contains a ferrule strap with nice swirling etching at the forward point.

The scabbard is original to the sword and is very fragile as you would anticipate for a hunting sword almost 200 years old, but it has survived, which is rare indeed

French Hunting hanger

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