The Wallace Collection

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  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany, possibly Solingen
  • c. 1620 - c. 1635
  • Steel, blackened
  • Length: 128.27 cm
    Width: 2.8 cm
    Weight: 1.45 kg
  • Inscription: 'A.N.D.R..A.F..R.A.R.A. / A.N.D.R..A.F..R.A.R.A.' Twice on each side, going down; spurious
    Incised mark: Half moon Associated with Spanish swordsmiths; spurious
    Incised mark: Toldeo mark
  • A545
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the blackened steel hilt made up of an eight-sided, fig-shaped pommel engraved with scrolled ornament; wire-bound grip; crossguard of riband section with the ends broadened and turned sharply to right and left; side-rings with bars joining the hilt-arms and covered by a medallion of the Imperial eagle. The spaces between the shells are filled with triangular plates, similarly pierced and embossed, thus giving the outward appearance of a cup-shaped guard. The two plates filling the spaces between the shells appear to be modifications made during the working life of the sword. The two-grooves down each side of the forte inscribed:–



    twice on each side, and further up the half moon mark. The rectangular ricasso stamped on one side with the remains of a Toledo mark.
    Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 42 and 46.

    The incongruous combination of a Toledo mark and the half moon of an Espadero del Rey with the name of the Italian bladesmith, Andrea Ferara (dei Ferari), suggests that this is a production of Solingen.

    For notes on Andrea Ferara and for the four other blades here inscribed Andrea Ferara, see A544.