The Wallace Collection

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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Europe
  • c. 1600 - c. 1610
  • Iron or steel and gold, chiselled and gilded
  • Length: 99.7 cm
    Width: 2.5 cm
    Weight: 0.985 kg
  • A547
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the hilt composed of a diagonally-fluted oviform pommel, decorated with four oblique panels of laurel leaves chiselled in low relief on a gilt ground, and with a spherical button; oval grip, bound with iron wire; diagonally curved and twisted crossguard with thickened ends terminating in acanthus; hilt-arms and double side-rings, the forward ring enclosing a small shell pierced with circular holes; the guards spirally decorated like the pommel and gilt; double-edged blade of flattened diamond section, singly grooved at the forte; no ricasso.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 113. A hilt very similar in both form and decoration is depicted in a portrait of Jean de Chambrier, Burgomaster of Zurich, by Peter Meret, dated 1609.