Mongolian Trousse (Eating Set) - 0667
A Chinese ‘trousse’ (eating set) comprising knives 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. This set is Mongolian and comes with its original accessory to set fire: A leather pocket to hold a flint and a blade to set fire. The knives blades are forged from very good layer welded steel. I purchased this set recently in Beijing, PRC.