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Combination Hunting Dagger and Double-Barrel Percussion Pistol, Sheath, and Belt of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico

A work made of steel, brass, silver, gilding, leather, silk velvet, and silver-gilt thread.
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  • A work made of steel, brass, silver, gilding, leather, silk velvet, and silver-gilt thread.

Date:

1864/67

Artist:

Joseph-Célestin Dumonthier
France, Paris, active 1850–1900

About this artwork

In 1840 the Parisian gunsmith Dumonthier patented his popular hunting knife with double pistols. This weapon artfully combines two percussion pistols with a knife. The hunter used it to deal the final coup de grace, or mercy blow, to the wounded game.

The crowned monogram engraved over the silver-gilt belt buckle has been identified as belonging to Maximilian, the short-lived Habsburg Emperor of Mexico. The monarch apparently practiced the European court tradition of hunting in Central America.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Artist

Joseph-Célestin Dumonthier

Title

Combination Hunting Dagger and Double-Barrel Percussion Pistol, Sheath, and Belt of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico

Origin

Paris

Date

Made 1854–1877

Medium

Steel, brass, silver, gilding, leather, silk velvet, and silver-gilt thread

Dimensions

L. 33.4 cm (13 1/16 in.) Blade L. 22.1 cm (8 13/16 in.) Wt. 1 lb. Caliber .36

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2134a-c

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