The Wallace Collection

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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1580 - c. 1600
  • Iron or steel and blued hilt
  • Length: 105.3 cm
    Width: 2.4 cm
    Weight: 1.28 kg
  • Inscription: 'SEBASTIAN HERNIE' Letters separated by small stars; spurious
    Inscription: 'HERNIE SEBASTIAN' Letters separated by small stars; spurious
    Maker's mark Traces of mark
  • A533
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the blued hilt composed of an oviform pommel with button; wire-bound grip; straight crossguard of circular section, trumpet-shaped at the ends; hilt arms, two side-rings, and the bars at the back crossed in saltire. The narrow double-edged blade of hexagonal section, the central fuller inscribed:–

    SEBASTIAN HERNIE

    on the one side and

    HERNIE SEBASTIAN

    on the other, the letters separated by small stars. There are traces of a maker's mark on one side of the ricasso.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 113. The inscription is a German corruption of the name of a 'Sebastian' of the Hernandez family in Toledo. For the marks of the various members of the Hernandez family called Sebastian see A532. (None are recorded as using a wildman holding a club as stated in the 1962 Catalogue). For other rapiers by members of the Hernandez family, see A532, 572, 586, 611. Cf. also A549.