An elegant Chinese trousse with brass fittings
Trousses or eating sets were commonly used by the Chinese, especially the Manchu since the 18th century. During the reign of emperor Qianlong (1735-1796) the Manchu were forbidden to eat pre-cut meat because of the strict Manchu tradition of eating in the rough outdoors. Being able to cut flesh straight from the animal was considered as an important tradition. During the late 18th and 19th century many people wore eating sets of a wide variety in quality.
China, 19th century or older
Materials: Brass, Steel, Bone, Sharkskin, Tropical Wood
A very fine example of a Chinese trousse or eating set containing a very well made knife, bone chopsticks and a wooden, sharkskin covered case with brass fittings.
The eating sets were commonly worn by the Chinese and vary in quality.
This example has a knife with long stretched blade. The handle is made of striped hardwood decorated with brass engraved fittings. The pommel is made of brass. The blade shows a fine cutting edge and has a forge pattern. The old patinated bone chopsticks are in round form and fit in the scabbard. The scabbard is made of lovely patinated wood, wrapped in sharkskin and brass fittings. The scabbard has one suspension ring.
The brass fittings are decorated with motives engraved by hand such as typical flowers and a fine symmetrical pattern.
Dating from the 19th century.
Condition: Very good, very small pitting on the blade, further excellent.
Total length: 31cm
Copyright by Peter Andeweg – 2020
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