The Wallace Collection

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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Blade- Germany, hilt- probably Italy
  • c. 1550 and c.1600 (pommel)
    c. 1550 (guards (probably Italian))
  • Iron, steel, chased and chiselled
  • Length: 94 cm
    Width: 3.1 cm
    Weight: 0.97 kg
  • Inscription: 'IACOBVS · / · ME · FECIT ·'
    Stamp: Cross
  • A538
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
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  • Rapier, the hilt made up of a flattened cylindrical pommel with button; spirally fluted and recurved, like A537, with wire-bound grip; crossguard; single side-ring, hilt-arms, and transverse bars at the back; from the hilt-arms project two short counter-guards with the ends shaped like the guard in the same way as A537; pommel and side-ring are chased with cartouches, containing in relief Venus and Cupid (twice), and another classical subject; the écusson is chiselled on each side with an acanthus leaf; the blade of hexagonal section, deeply grooved at the forte, followed by two sunk hollows and inscribed:–

    ∙IACOBVS∙ / ∙ME∙ FECIT∙

    Short ricasso stamped twice on each side with a cross. The hilt may not belong to the blade.

    The guards must originally have been very like those of A537. The side-ring, which is too small, is a later replacement riveted to the stumps of the original one. It has been chiselled to match the later pommel.