Acquired in 1788 from an unknown dealer by Jean Rennes, 2nd Marquis du Fourquevaux, this dagger passed from his ownership after only a few years. The Marquis was primarily a tenant farmer, relying on crops from Forquevaux to cover his extravagant spending. However, the harvest of 1788 was a spectacular failure, contributing to the general famine in France at the time and utterly ruining the Marquis. He sold off all his property and holdings at auction, a process interrupted by his death in 1791 during the Reign of Terror.

Purchased by a General in the National Guard, Auguste Des Jardins of Lyon, the dagger appears in his official 1811 portrait after the campaigns in Germany and Poland. Official dispatches indicate that General Des Jardins had a reputation as a whiner, constantly complaining that the areas in which he operated did not have sufficient forage and that his men were constantly shortchanged in the supply chain. This was apparently borne out when the general and most of his command starved to death near Minsk in 1812.

The dagger was lost for some time after that, with rumored owners in Ireland and India. It appears next in a catalogue of items seized from a Jewish importer in Amsterdam by Nazi officials in 1943. A local SS official used it as a ceremonial dirk for a time before giving it to his mistress, who died in the Hongerwinter of 1944-1945. It was recovered by American troops in 1945 at the salt mine at Merkurs, and recognized by one of the MFAA members as belonging to the Aachen set.

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