The Wallace Collection

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  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- Italy; blade- Germany
  • c. 1610 - c. 1620
  • Iron, steel, copper alloy, silver and gold, encrusted and once fire-gilt
  • Length: 116.2 cm
    Length: 99.6 cm, blade
    Width: 2.2 cm
    Weight: 1.45 kg
  • Incised mark: '· IOHANNES · / · ME · FECIT ·'
  • A563
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the swept hilt composed of an oviform pommel with button; spirally fluted, brass, wire-bound grip; knuckle-guard with two loop branches connecting with the hilt-arms, that on the inside dividing into three; straight crossguard of circular section swelling slightly towards the ends; large hilt-arms, and triple bars on the outer side. The whole decorated with interlaced oval, piqué ribands containing quatrefoils encrusted in silver on a russeted ground originally gilt, traces of gilding remaining on the inner faces; the pommel decorated en suite. Double-edged blade of flattened diamond section, the single flute, at the forte incised:

    ∙ IOHANNES ∙ / ∙ ME ∙ FECIT ∙

    The central groove is continued up the ricasso.

    Blades inscribed with various spellings of the name Iohannes are legion. In the form in which it appears here, it occurs on a sword in the Musée de l' Armée, Paris, no. J117, and a two-handed sword at Bern, no. 210.

    Very similar decoration occurs on the sword hilt of A560, on the dagger hilts A788 and 800, and on a sword hilt formerly in the Estruch collection (cat. no. 944, PI. XXXIX).

    Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 130, 234 and 360.