DESCRIPTION: A large Chinese tortoise shell travel utensil kit (or trousse) with elaborate brass mounts and fittings. The bamboo scabbard has been overlayed with tortoise shell and fitted with highly decorative brass mounts with appliqués that include bats, butterflies, a goose, a ram, and engraved “Xi” characters (meaning double happiness). The set includes a large pair of ox bone chopsticks and a brass tipped wooden handled knife with iron blade. There are old repairs to the blade and one chopstick where banded in silver; some cracking to the tortoise shell; everything in stable condition. Dating from the early 19th C., Qing Dynasty. PROVENANCE: From the property of the Salgo Trust for Education, NY, an art history research center founded by the late Hungarian-American financier and diplomat, Ambassador Nicolas M. Salgo. DIMENSIONS: 17” long (43 cm).