About this artwork
Just as other European centers were turning away from dense inlay decoration, the taste flourished in the region of Silesia, on the border between eastern Germany and Poland. The pieces generally featured folk-inspired motifs, with hunting dogs pursuing rabbits, foxes, and deer. Mother-of-pearl was also favored as an inlay, adding flashiness.
Though its practicality might be questioned, the combination axe-gun-dagger was a common curiosity weapon that was widely collected in the region.
- Combined Axe-Flintlock Gun-Dagger
- Made 1660–1680
- Steel, fruitwood, staghorn, and mother-of-pearl
- L. 84.1 cm (33 1/8 in.) Wt. 1 lb. 15 oz. Barrel L. 42.6 cm (16 3/4 in.) Caliber .34 Dagger Blade L. 48.5 cm (19 1/16 in. )
- George F. Harding Collection