- Unknown Artist / Maker
- Spain or Italy
- c. 1610 - c. 1620
- Iron, steel, gold and silver, encrusted and formerly gilded
- Length: 118.4 cm
Length: 101.5 cm, blade
Width: 1.7 cm
Weight: 1.115 kg
- Inscription: ': ANIES : MVRIO : / : INRI : MARIA :'
- European Armoury III
Images & Media
- Rapier, the swept and fluted hilt, comprised of an oviform pommel with faceted button; vertically ribbed, wire-bound grip; knuckle-guard with loop branches on either side connecting with the ring-guards and hilt-arms; straight crossguard of quatrefoil section swelling slightly at the ends, with escutcheon; triple ring-guard on the outer side. On the inner side the branch from the knuckle-guard on the inner side divides into three bars. The whole decorated with a flowing riband ornament and rosettes encrusted in silver on a blackened ground, which shows traces of the original gilding. The rear arm of the crossguard is a reconstruction. Blade of convex section, the single flute at the forte incised:
: ANIES : MVRIO : / : INRI : MARIA :
The blade also has a long, plain ricasso of rectangular section.
Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 231.
There was a Portuguese family of armourers of the name of Anes, but the name here may be a contraction of Iohannes.
Exhibited: probably Musée Rétrospectif, 1865, no. 1891 (Nieuwerkerke).
A similarly decorated hilt is in the Odescalchi collection, Rome (inv. no. 170; Carpegna, 1969, No. 25).