In the 16th century, the hunting pouch was in the form of a leather or fabric sheath used for storing several instruments for the skinning and gutting of game. A collection of essential steps for ensuring the correct and proper conservation of meat, which must be carried out in the minutes directly after the animal was killed.
This pouch contains a dagger, two gaskets, and a sharpening steel. A show of extreme quality with its ivory handle, pommel in the form of a leopard's head, and its gilded blade with the hallmark of its producer: an R under a crown, the dagger bears an inscription in English reading, "My hope and my faith are in the Lord."
If the dagger has received the more comprehensive decorative treatment, the gaskets and sharpening steel also deserve some praise given their finely chiseled and gilded pommels. Crafted using boiled leather, the sheath is entirely covered with golden wreaths and flowers, which are significantly less visible today since the gilding has worn off the snap.


  • Title: Hunting pouch General view
  • Date Created: between 1580 and 1600
  • Location Created: England
  • Physical Dimensions: 0,055 (w) x 0,475 (l) m, 0,4 kg
  • Provenance: acquisition date: May 26,1880 (allocation)
  • Subject Keywords: Weapon
  • Type: Trousse de chasse
  • Rights: Photo (C) Paris - Musée de l'Armée, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Pascal Segrette
  • Medium: Fer, Os, Cuir, Doré, Teinté
  • Inventory: J 780

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