Hunting Sword

  • Maker: Emanuel Pioté (Austrian, Vienna 1781–1865)
  • Decorator: Jacob H. Köchert (Austrian, Vienna 1795–1868)
  • Dated: circa 1825
  • Culture: Austrian, Vienna
  • Medium: steel, gold, enamel, agate, wood, leather
  • Measurements: overall lenght 26 15/16 inches (68.5 cm)
  • Inscription: (engraved on face of blade) Vivat / Carolus 6 / Imperator / et Rex Boh. / 1723 (with Austrian double-headed eagle crowned); (around upper rim of locket) Piote & Kochert / Jouilliers de la Cour / à Vienne
  • Marking: Arms: (top of hilt) Hoyos Sprinzenstein; (on chape), Imperial arms of Austri

This richly decorated sword was made for one of the counts Hoyos-Sprinzenstein. His enameled coat of arms surmounts the lion-headed pommel. The scabbard locket is inscribed “Pioté et Köchert,” the leading Viennese jewelers of the nineteenth century.

Source: Copyright © 2014 The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Master glassblower and stained glass artist Loren Stump in California has wowed the internet with an extraordinary display of virtuosity. He created a “loaf” of glass, called murrine, out of carefully layered glass rods that, when sliced, reveal a painstakingly detailed work of art in cross-section.

"The most impressive thing about his work is that the resulting image can only be seen in its entirety after the murrini is cut…"

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I cracked an egg that had two yolks inside!! I feel lucky today.


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Self-Portrait by Marie Ellenrieder, 1817.

the-ick-vault replied to your post: is it tacky that I’ve actually conside…

no … just keep it private for the closest inner circle to enjoy.

oh, I was actually thinking of getting it across my forehead

amalahora replied to your post: is it tacky that I’ve actually conside…

No, but I think the best hard-and-fast rule ever heard about tattoos was NO TEXT. EVER. Not in any language, not in any script. Nothing. It spares you a lot of grief I think. Just get saint sebastian being devoured by a sphinx or something.

I don’t actually plan on getting any tattoos but saint sebastian getting devoured by a sphinx sounds amazing. A+ tattoo idea. 


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is it tacky that I’ve actually considered getting “martyr eater” tattooed somewhere on my body 


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