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Greg and Glen

You have touched on two of the main reasons I got this piece. I have not seen many hunting swords or knives with a knife and fork trousse intact, though I have in books and museum collections. Most hangars I see are without their scabbards and so it is hard to tell how common this accessory arrangement was. But I like it too. It sort of brings the history of the piece to life as I can imagine the owner stopping mid-hunt for a bit of lunch by a stream and eating some bread and cheese and maybe a bit of smoked meat with his companions before resuming the hunt.

The engraving on the blade is very crisp. It is deep with a stippled background to the scenes which has helped keep it crisp I think. The gilding has worn a bit as you would expect either through cleaning during its life (as a hunting sword would likely see much more actual use than smallsword of the period unless the owner had a particularly exciting and dangerous life) or contact with the scabbard or cleaning since becoming a collector's piece.

The swan I love. It has the feathers picked out in detail and even the feathers on the back of its neck. I take it as a sleeping swan although it might be a swan killed in the hunt.

I agree, Glen, that you find some wierd and wonderful beasts on decorated hilts of this type sometimes and the portrait you attach is an excellent example - exotic to say the least. I am not sure what the heads on the end of the quillons are. I thought they were ducks but a friend thinks they are fish ?

It also makes me appreciate why hangars were popular as a naval sword. The sword is not long but robust and capable of cutting and thrusting in a confined space.
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