# 4764 / French COUTEAU CABRIOLET (exchangeable-bladed knife) cased in its original shagreen carry etui. c1770 - 1790


French COUTEAU CABRIOLET (exchangeable-bladed knife) cased in its original shagreen carry etui. c1770

This gorgeous set comprises a wonderful mother of pearl handle and two separate exchangeable twin blades cased in an hand made carry case made of wood covered with shagreen.

A carbon steel blade and a silver one can be easily mounted alternatively onto the handle. Both the blades feature a notched tang that clipped into a spring-loaded mechanism inside the haft. Pressing the bottom button on the reverse of the haft, released the blade so that it could either be exchanged for the other blade or simply put away.

The elegant mother of pearl handle features gold bolsters and fittings.

The silver blade is hallmarked with a complex double group of French 18th century hallmarks  

The set remains in great conditions. Blades are absolutely intact with no nicks, dents or damage and the mother of pearl shell is still luminous and has no chips or cracks.

The lock and unlock of the blades works properly but needs a little bit of care.

The etui is made of wood and completely covered with very thin shagreen, the hinge is original and strong. The haft measures 11 cm long and the blades are 10,5 cm long without the hook. 

Price :
P.O.A.
Condition :
Excellent

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