The Wallace Collection

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  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1620
    19th century (pommel)
  • Iron or steel, gold and silver, chased, inlaid and formerly gilt
  • Length: 109.7 cm
    Width: 2.7 cm
    Weight: 1.31 kg
  • Incised mark: Two marks
  • A561
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the swept hilt comprised of an oviform pommel with button (19th-century); diagonally fluted, wire-bound grip; straight crossguard, round in section, swelling towards the ends; triple ring, hilt-arms, knuckle-guard, with loop-guard, and three plain bars on the inside, joining the hilt-arms to the knuckle-guard; the entire hilt is chased with entwined strap-work, enriched with a beaded decoration of silver and lines of dots. Double-edged blade of flattened diamond section, the strong ricasso stamped on each side with two marks.

    The entire hilt was originally fire-gilt.

    A rapier bearing a like mark is at Dresden (E 21).