Hans Sumersperger (Austrian, Hall, active 1492–1498)
Steel, copper alloy, wood, bone, mother-of-pearl
L. 18 5/8 in. (47.29 cm); W. 2 1/2 in. (6.35 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1904
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
The grip is inlaid with the coat of arms of Austria in carved mother-of-pearl; the blade bears the mark of Hans Sumersperger, court knifesmith to Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519). Such knives formed part of a group of implements that were used to prepare freshly killed game, including bear, wild boar, and deer, after a hunt.
Marking: Blade stamped with the mark of Hans Sumersperger, court knifesmith to Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519).