Trousse, Chinese Eating Set - 0663
A Chinese ‘trousse’ (eating set), comprising a knife and two chopsticks. This type of sets was very common in china and in all the countries under the Chinese influence from Tibet to Mongolia. It was part of a man formal dress up to the turn of the 20th century and usually accompanied with a variety of accessories like pickle spear, toothpicks, tweezers and the like. Similar sets are found in a various sizes and quality. They were quite rare and only recently with the liberalization in China, start to appear in the Western world markets. The interesting things about this specific set are the arrangement of the chopsticks to the sides of the knife and not in front, the dagger shaped blade rather than a knife and the jade hilt. The blade is forged from very good layer welded steel. The scabbard is made from turtle shield and the chopsticks are ivory mounted with silver tips.