The Wallace Collection

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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1610 - c. 1620
  • Iron, steel, gold and silver, overlaid and fire-gilded
  • Length: 100.3 cm
    Width: 2.3 cm
    Weight: 1.21 kg
  • Maker's mark: 'ANDREA FERARA'
  • A565
  • European Armoury III
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  • Rapier, the swept hilt made up of a flattened cylindrical pommel with button; wire-bound grip; straight crossguard terminating in oval knobs; triple ring, hilt-arms and knuckle-guards, a swept loop-guard joining the largest to the top of the triple knuckle-guard. The plain, inner guards connect the hilt-arms to the knuckle-guard, the forward ring contains a small pierced shell-guard, and the knuckle guard is holed at the tip; the pommel is overlaid with conventional leaves and flowers, and there are traces of fire-gilding all over the pommel and guards. The crossguard and other guards are also decorated with overlaid chains of oval loops in silver. The decoration of pommel and guards is rather different, showing that they are associated. Double-edged blade, probably Italian, doubly grooved the entire length; tapering ricasso, also grooved; the grooves on the blade stamped indistinctly on each side:

    ANDREA FERARA

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 133.