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  • Rapier
  • Possibly Pedro Hernandez , Swordsmith
  • Hilt- possibly Italy, decorated in Milan; blade- Toledo, Spain
  • c. 1590 - c. 1600
  • Iron, steel, gold and silver, overlaid
  • Length: 112 cm
    Width: 1.8 cm
    Weight: 1.15 kg
  • Stamp: Crucifix
  • A571
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the swept hilt composed of a flattened oviform pommel, with a button; wire-bound grip; straight crossguard of flattened oval section, widening towards the ends; hilt-arms, double ring and knuckle-guard, a swept loop-guard joining the larger ring to the knuckle-guard, and the usual three bars on the inner side similarly connected to the knuckle-guard, all of oval section. The greater part of the hilt finely overlaid with arabesques in gold and silver. The narrow, long double-edged blade is of flattened diamond section, the ricasso stamped on each side with a crucifix; possibly the mark of Pedro Hernandez, the Toledo bladesmith.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 359, L' Art Ancien, V, no. 590.

    See the rapier, A586, which bears the same maker's mark and is signed