Attribution: In the museum's inventory, the sword is written as the West European one of the 18th century. The type of the hilt (its carcass and typical manner of decoration of all details with silver semisphere studs) and shape of the blade allow attributing it to the type of hunting sword that was widespread in Germany in the 1650-1680s, and many analogues of which are preserved in other museum collections.
Attribution: According to its decoration, the sword has the distinct characteristic features of the Louis XVI's epoch; the high standard of work shows that the decorative composition was not copied, but made by an author. The ornamental frieze on the blade is obviously made at a much higher level than the gilded engraved drawing on the ricasso. Besides, it is more consonant to the high quality of hilt décor. The high standard of work and purity of the rococo style in all decorative components may indicate the work of a highly qualified French or Holland master.
Attribution: In the museum's inventory, the sword is attributed to the 18th century as the French one. The shape of the hilt and its décor are specific to the French costume swords, popular in the 1680s – early 18th c. For the first time, the sword was listed in the Registry of Arms of the Preobrazhensky Palace.
Attribution: The museum inventory attributes the hunting sword to the early 18th century as made supposedly in Germany. The place of the blade's origin is indicated on it –Pamplona (Spain). The form of the blade, its engraved décor and the design of the hilt are characteristic of the late 17th – early 18th century.
Attribution: The presence of the engraved coat of arms of the Saxony Prince Elector on the blade allows assuming that this sword comes from Saxony. For the first time, it was mentioned in the Registry of Arms of the Preobrazhensky Palace. The miniature number, stamped on the hilt, corresponds to the sword's number in the Registry, that is why it might have belonged to Peter the Great.
Attribution: The museum inventory attributes the dirk to the 18th century as made in Western Europe. The hilt is decorated with steel 'diamonds', accomplished in a manner typical of English hilts of the early 18th century.
Coronation Coach's Dirk and Scabbard
Attribution: For the coronation of Empress Anna Ioannovna, a high-volume order for the production of arms was made in Germany. These weapons were to participate in the coronation. This hilt was delivered from Germany already mounted with the blade.
Hunting Sword and Scabbard
Attribution: The museum inventory attributes the dirk to the 18th century as made in Saint Petersburg. However, there is a number of arguments against this attribution. First of all, the decoration of the dirk's blade has direct analogies of German origin. Secondly, the high quality of rocaille décor of the hilt does not have Russian analogies, however, there are similar works in the collection of the Green Vaults in Dresden. This very dirk might have been mentioned in the document of 1747, when a supply officer of the Cabinet of Empress Elizaveta Petrovna sent 'the gold dirk, spangled with brilliants and emeralds' to the Oranienbaum Palace. A gold buckle of the sword belt also decorated with emeralds and brilliants was sent together with the dirk.
Hunting Sword and Scabbard
Attribution: The hunting sword has a construction and décor typical of the exemplary hunting cold weapon of the Rococo epoch. The use of Iranian and Indian jade handles in the European cold weapon came into fashion in the first half of the 18th century. The golden and silver details of the hilt must have been made in a large manufacturing centre in France or Germany. Such swords with rich décor became popular among the Russian court nobility in the first third of the 18th century.
Hunting Sword with Knife, Fork, and Scabbard
Attribution: In the museum's inventory, the sword is attributed to the 18th century as made in Germany. Such hunting swords and small-swords with porcelain handles were luxury items and fashionable hobbies of the European nobility during the whole 18th c., starting from 1710 when the production of European porcelain began at the Meissen Royal Manufactory. Its production used to be a monopoly of Saxony for about half a century. The blade of the sword might have been produced out of the refurbished Iranian small-sword blade. This set, consisting of the hunting sword, fork, and knife, comes from the Oranienbaum Ryust-Kamera and could have belonged to Peter III.