... The Étui de violon ...

It is Émile Drouot who was, in the second half of the XIXth century, at the origin of the so special shape of this knife, known as the violin case. He created several models among which two are today visible at the Nicolas Pelletier Museum in Nogent (Haute-Marne in the east of France), his home town. Typical of the cutlery industry of Nogent in the middle of the XIXth, to the purity of its lines is added the decoration all in light and shade of bows, bolsters and spring hand-engraved. Just what is necessary in terms of elegance to emphasize its fine blade, which is particularly functional. Appreciated by both men and women, this luxurious knife, like most of the production in Nogent, was intended to end up in the opulent shop windows of the rich Parisian cutlery shops.
(An original piece can be seen at the Espace Pelletier Museum in Nogent)
Lenght open : 18.5 cm, closed : 10.5 cm