The Wallace Collection

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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Caino , Swordsmith , possibly 'Master S of Caino'
  • Italy
  • c. 1610 - c. 1620
  • Iron, steel, gold and silver, fire-gilded, blackened and encrusted
  • Length: 109.4 cm
    Width: 2.4 cm
    Weight: 1.37 kg
  • Inscription: 'NRSNRSNRSD'
    Inscription: 'RNSRNSRNDSD'
    Stamp: 'CAINO' written vertically, with crowned 'S' below
    Stamp: 'CAINO' written vertically, with crowned 'S' above
  • A559
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the swept hilt composed of an oviform pommel (with button), divided into eight vertical sections by bands of pyramidal excrescence, each tipped with silver, the intervening surfaces inlaid with silver scroll-work; wire-bound grip of octagonal section; double side-ring, hilt-arms, joined by a loop to the knuckle-guard, and three swept bars on the inner side; the centres of the guards and the ends of the quillons are decorated with pyramidal knobs like the pommel, the flat surfaces inlaid with silver spots and scrolled lines; double-edged blade of flattened hexagonal section, grooved at the forte and inscribed:

    NRSNRSNRSD

    on one side, and:

    RNSRNSRNDSD

    on the other; the strong tapering ricasso is stamped on each side with the word Caino, and a crowned S. The crowned S is placed above the word Caino on the one side, and below it on the other. Traces of fire-gilding survive on pommel and knobs.

    For the inscription CAINO see note under A516.

    The bladesmith has been described as the "Master S of Caino" (Boccia and Coelho, 1975, fig. 483, n. on p. 385).

    Mormon and Barne, 1980, p. 360.