The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy, possibly
  • 1580 - 1899
    c. 1590 (blade)
    probably 19th century (hilt)
  • Iron or steel and silver wire
  • Length: 118.3 cm
    Width: 2.3 cm
    Weight: 1.49 kg
  • Stamp: Series of crosses
    Inscription: With a cross and 'ECIA / S …. CIA ·' Stamped twice
  • A527
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Rapier, the hilt made up of a tapering, cylindrical pommel, divided into eight sections, with fluted button; oval grip bound with a network of silver wire; straight crossguard of oval section, terminating in prominent knobs; side-ring, hilt-arms and transverse guard; a short bar projects at right angles, and terminates in a knob like the crossguard; the usual plain bars join the hilt-arms to the crossguard on the right side. Double-edged blade of diamond section, with single fuller stamped with a series of crosses, the ricasso deeply stamped twice on either side with a cross and description only partly visible:–

    ECIA/S...CIA

    The entire hilt, with the exception of the black bars, is elaborately encrusted with flowers and foliage of chased silver, on a blackened ground.

    The guards and probably also the pommel appear to be 19th-century.

    The ricasso has been cut down, showing that the blade and hilt have been put together at a later date. For similar small crosses stamped along the central groove of the blade cf. A625.