Set of seven pruning tools

Date: 1575–1600

Culture: French, Moulins

Medium: Steel, partly gilded; mother-of-pearl

Dimensions: Tool (.1470): 3 5/16 × 5/8 × 12 in. (8.4 × 1.6 × 30.5 cm); Knife (.1471): 1 × 6 5/8 × 7 in. (2.5 × 16.8 × 17.8 cm); Knife (.1472): 1 1/4 × 1 × 12 in. (3.2 × 2.5 × 30.5 cm); Saw (.1473): 3 1/8 × 13 3/4 × 1 1/8 in. (7.9 × 34.9 × 2.9 cm)
Clippers (.1474): 3 9/16 × 13 1/8 × 1 1/16 in. (9 × 33.3 × 2.7 cm); Knife (.1475): 2 7/8 × 1 3/8 × 12 3/4 in. (7.3 × 3.5 × 32.4 cm); Knife (.1476): 3 1/8 × 1 1/2 × 14 in. (7.9 × 3.8 × 35.6 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Steel

Credit Line: Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964

Accession Number: 64.101.1470–.1476

Description

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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