An extraordinary piece, and part of a larger grouping of trophies, this 19th century Roe Deer trophy is mounted on a hand-carved Black Forest plaque. The full cap trophy features original writing with a date of 1896 and the "place name" (a place name was often the place the trophy was taken) of a famous battlefield from the Thirty Years' War, which took place in Central Europe from 1618 to 1648, primarily due to national conflicts between Roman Catholics and Protestants. The hunter of these trophies actually hunted this grouping on various battlefields from that war. Also, mounted at the bottom of the plaque is a medal featuring the "Black Madonna of Częstochowa" over the Polish “Order of the White Eagle." The medal given to Polish soldiers who fought in the Battle of Leipzig against Napoleon in 1813.
This particular trophy has aged in a way where the exact battlefield name has become illegible, but as it is part of a larger grouping, there are several different battlefields represented, and each also has the initials "R. G." above the date and "place name."
Plaque alone measures 11"H x 7.5"W. The total height is approximately 15 inches.
Part of The European Hunt collection, this collection of antique hunting trophies has been examined and appraised by James Supp of Coronado Trading Co., who is best known for his work with the PBS production "Antiques Roadshow." All pieces in this collection have been examined and appraised and come with a Certificate of Authenticity document.