The Wallace Collection

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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • 1600 - 1899
    c. 1610 - c. 1620 (hilt)
    probably 19th century (blade)
  • Steel, silver and leather, blackened, engraved and punched
  • Length: 108.7 cm
    Width: 2.5 cm
    Width: 1.51 cm
  • A558
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the swept hilt composed of a heavy, oviform pommel (with button) divided by grooves into six vertical panels; silver and steel, wire-bound grip; straight crossguard of hexagonal section terminating in knobs; double ring-guards, joined by a swept loop to the knuckle-guard, hilt-arms, knuckle-guard, all of hexagonal section; cage scroll; decorated with masks, grotesque animals' heads and herring-bone ornament in silver on a blackened ground. The double-edged blade of flattened diamond section with ricasso; no maker's mark. The decoration of this hilt is unusual in including narrow strips of silver, engraved and punched, inlaid into the steel.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 364.