The Wallace Collection

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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • 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 :'
  • A568
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
History
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Further Reading
  • 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).