Very fine 19c Chinese trousse set - 14484
A Chinese ‘trousse’ (eating set), comprising a knife and 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 various sizes and quality. This one is late 19c. The blade is spine, 7 1/2 inches long forged from laminated steel. Grained wood grips with ivory mounts. Wood scabbard with polished natural color ray skin cover with great oage patina. Bone chopsticks with age patina, metal pickle spear and three toothpicks. Total length 12 1/2 inches. Very good condition.
A fine example older than most example on the market.