Antique Chinese Trousse Eating Set with Knife and Chopsticks. CARRY CASE WITH METAL HOOK TO ATTACH TO WAIST VIA BELT LOOP. 2 bamboo chopsticks and knife with bamboo handle. Brass trim on each item of set.Age patina and verdigris on case, also. Rust on the knife are present. From the Internet: Sets with a knife and chopsticks -and sometimes some other utensils- were common all over the Qing empire. The various cultures that coexisted within this realm gave their own twist to the design. Under the Qianlong emperor, the wearing of these sets became mandatory for all Manchus and Mongols.
The rationale was that these knives facilitated the traditional outdoor style of meat eating, cutting it straight from the bone. This was in contrast to the Chinese method of eating, where the food was pre-cut into bite-sized pieces that could be eaten with chopsticks. In an attempt to preserve the rough outdoor nature of the Manchu and Mongol lifestyles under the Qing, it became illegal for them to have their meat pre-cut. And so, all Manchus and Mongols were required to wear these trousse sets to eat their meat in a traditional way.Our example here probably dates from from the latter part of the 1800s. Please use the Pictures as part of the description. All our Items come from a smoke and pet free. The item "Antique Chinese Traveling Trousse Knife & Chopsticks Eating Set Bamboo Brass" is in sale since Friday, December 11, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Asian\1900-Now\Chinese\Chopsticks".
The seller is "whiteswirlbonanza" and is located in Cary, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.