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  • Set of pruning tools, 1575–1600
    French; Moulins
    Steel, partly gilded, and mother–of–pearl; L. (of saw) 11 1/8 in. (35.8 cm)
    Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964 (64.101.1470–.1476)

    Forged and decorated in Moulins, this partly gilded steel set of gardening implements, enhanced by mother-of-pearl, is engraved with motifs of fruit and foliage, the products of their use. The set includes billhooks for removing branches and clippers that could be mounted on a pole. A pruning knife, saw, and combination hammer and auger to cleave tree bark for bud grafts are evidence of the care taken in trimming and directing tree branches.

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  • Set of pruning tools, 1575–1600
    French; Moulins
    Steel, partly gilded, and mother-of-pearl; L. (of saw) 11 1/8 in. (35.8 cm)
    Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964 (64.101.1470–.1476)

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