Very scarce hunting dagger, Louis XVI gift

Articles par à Oct 8, 2017 dans Firearm, Slider

Very scarce hunting dagger, Louis XVI gift

Exceptionnal hunting dagger, given to Rodez-Bénavent count by king Louis XVI.

Very well ciseled lion head pommel.

Wired ivory grip (some light losses on the upper part).

« Box » guard with lion-heads Roman rams on each side (old tin soldering).

Heavy flat blade (57 cm), probably in damascus steel, with two reenforcment half-moon pièces.

Good leather on wood scabbard with three golded brass pièces. They are deeply engraved on both sides with braces and volutes.

The upper one reverse is engraved : « DONNE PAR LE ROI LOUIS XVI, A MARC, ANTOINE, JOSEPH, COMTE DE RODEZ-BENAVENT »

In 1784, the viscount Marc, Antoine, Joseph de Bénavent was captain in the Colonel-General Regiment. The same year, he was received in Versailles with the court honours and « made » Rodez-Benavent count by the king. Then, he was admited in the royal coach. Knight in the St Louis order in 1786, he was major in the Royal Infantry Regiment in 1788 and first Colonel in the same Regiment in 1791. With the Revolution troubles, he left France and was in charge of a Chasseurs-nobles company in Condé army. When the Empire Fallen, he returned in France and died in Paris in 1815.

His descendants are presents in the various French political regims all along XIXth century.

All the parts of this piece are really very high quality made and finished.

Price : 5 500 Euros