You are looking at a Very Rare Antique’Norfolk Liar’ Hunting Game Counter in Nickel Silver and Brass. A very rare’Norfolk Liar’ game counter in nickel silver and brass. The two faces are marked in increments to count the game shot. Each inscription is in German and counts Pheasant, Partridge, Hare and Rabbit. Of flat ovoidal form, the signed white-metal side numbered from 1 to 30 for’Rabbits’ and’Hares’, the indicator dials of nickel plated metal, the brass side numbered from 1 to 30 for’Pheasants’ and’Partridges’, the indicator wheels of copper. Features an integral ring for suspension and measures approximately 7cm. Game counters were popular in the 1900s and indeed Dixons 1904 catalogue shows 11 different types! They were made as a result of the competition between Victorian Sportsmen and Norfolk was the county of their choice, East Anglia saw much of the action with its wild bird shoots and personal bags were important and reputations (and therefore invitations) were jealously guarded; indeed sometimes personal bags were quoted in the newspapers of the day. The counter was worn on a long chain around the neck over the waistcoat and beneath the jacket. One side was made obviously different from the other one was silvered and the other brass so that a glance would tell which side was uppermost. The bags in those days were mainly Pheasants, partridges, hares and rabbits so it was customary to put feather on the silver side (partridges uppermost) and fur on the brass side (hares uppermost). After one had just shot 4 partridges out of the same covey and there was a lull in the shooting the sportsman would glance at the counter hanging just above his waist line and turn it to get the correct side up. Knowing that partridges were at the top of the silver side one would, without looking, make four clicks for the recent partridge score. If one hadnt been placed well or one’s shooting wasnt up to snuff then scores might have seemed a little low in comparison to the hunters high own standards. So, to remedy this situation, what could have been easier than a few extra clicks on the dials… The birth of the NORFOLK LIAR! The item “Very Rare Antique’Norfolk Liar’ Hunting Game Counter in Nickel Silver and Brass” is in sale since Saturday, December 7, 2019. This item is in the category “Sporting Goods\Hunting\Vintage Hunting\Other Vintage Hunting”. The seller is “quetzalpapalottl” and is located in Miami, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States.
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