The Wallace Collection

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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Toledo, Spain
  • c. 1620 - c. 1630
  • Iron or steel, gold and silver, counterfeit-damascened
  • Length: 133.3 cm
    Length: 115.5 cm, blade
    Width: 2.3 cm
    Weight: 1.304 kg
  • Incised mark: Toledo mark
  • A562
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the swept hilt made up of an oviform pommel, faced with four ovals in flat relief incised with lines forming a chequered pattern, the large button similarly incised; wire-bound grip of herring-bone pattern (of later date); straight crossguard of hexagonal section, with chequered escutcheon, and ending in chequered knobs; triple ring-guard, hilt-arms, joined by a loop to the knuckle-guard, the whole of hexagonal section with ovoid knobs at the ends and centres. The surface is overlaid with minute arabesques in gold on a russeted ground. Long, straight blade of diamond section, the ricasso stamped on one side with the Toledo mark. The overlaid decoration also incorporates fine lines in silver.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 133 and 135.