This mid-1800s hunting knife which has no scabbard, has a very stylized brass lion-headed handle which is chiseled out with assorted leaves. The blade is pined over at the top of the lion’s head. The dagger itself has a lot of gilding and filigree work and on the ricasso part of the blade there is a reclining deer and also a group of hunting implements, such as a musket, cutlass and hunting horn. One has to look carefully at this blade as there is a lot going on in the engraving such as intertwined deer, guns, hounds and stags. For those who are interested in early models, this certainly qualifies.