Hunting calendar

WB.228     about 1600–1620 • Gilt brass • hunting-calendar

Curator's Description

Hunting calendar; brass; formed of eight hinged leaves, each engraved on both sides; one side all leaves divided by horizontal furrows filled with red wax; above these are rows of numbers and above those the name of the particular kind of game, object to record on the waxed line the number shot; animals include wolf, bear, boar, deer and rabbit; seventh and eight leaves with names of dogs; other side: leaf one has sun's rising and setting and length of day and night for each week; leaf eight has the number of months with the number of days in each; remaining six each have four pair of deer with, below, a scale of hundredweights and pounds; inscribed.

This object was collected and bequeathed to the British Museum by Ferdinand Anselm Rothschild.

How big is it?

59.5 cm wide, 20.6 cm high, 2 cm deep, and it weighs 1.6 kg

Detailed Curatorial Notes

Provenance: None is recorded.


  • Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 228 fig..34
  • O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.228.
  • References

    1. Read 1902: Read, Charles Hercules, The Waddesdon Bequest. Catalogue of the Works of Art Bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898, London, BMP, 1902
    2. Dalton 1927: Dalton, Ormonde Maddock, The Waddesdon Bequest : jewels, plate, and other works of art bequeathed by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild., London, BMP, 1927

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