The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1610 - c. 1620
  • Steel and varnish, blued
  • Length: 113.8 cm
    Width: 2.4 cm
    Weight: 1.39 kg
  • Inscription
    Stamp: 'S'
    Stamp: 'S'
  • A566
  • European Armoury II
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  • Rapier, the swept hilt composed of a spherical pommel with fourteen facets and elongated, turned button; wire-bound grip; straight crossguard, thickening towards the ends; hilt-arms, triple ring- and loop-guard joining the knuckle-guard, the last terminating in a shaped ring, and the usual three narrower bars on the inner side; the hilt of plain, blued steel, the bars of hexagonal section; two-edged blade of flattened diamond section, grooved at the forte, where it is inscribed:

    * I H S *

    The ricasso is stamped on either side with the letter S, the blade also. The pommel and guards are thickly coated in brown varnish, possibly original.
    For other instances of the Sacred Monogram on swords here, see A600 and A622.