The Wallace Collection

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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Milan, Italy and Solingen, Gemany
  • c. 1590 - c. 1600
  • Steel, gold, copper and silver, inlaid copper, overlaid, blued and gilt
  • Length: 111.5 cm, blade
    Width: 2.8 cm, blade, above the ricasso
    Weight: 1.24 kg
    Length: 127.6 cm
    Width: 21.4 cm, guard
    Balance point: 15.8 cm, forward of the guard block
  • Incised mark: Running-wolf mark Inlaid in copper
    Maker's mark: Crowned maker's mark
  • A572
  • European Armoury II
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  • Rapier, the swept hilt composed of an oviform pommel with tang button; oval, wire-bound grip; straight crossguard of oval section; knuckle-guard, hilt-arms, side-ring, a swept loop-guard, joining the large upper ring to the knuckle-guard, enclosing a upper ring to the knuckle-guard, enclosing a pierced oval shell. The triple, transverse inner guards are of the usual form. The entire hilt is of dark steel overlaid with fine arabesques in gold and silver, the interior surfaces gilt. Double-edged blade, associated, of hexagonal section, with shallow groove at the forte, inlaid with the running-wolf mark (inlaid in copper) on one side, the ricasso being stamped on each side with a maker's mark, crowned.

    L' Art Ancien, V, No. 590

    The lower mark is a common one of Italian origin, which seems to have been adopted by German bladesmiths, as the wolf mark accompanying it in this instance confirms. Cf. A614, below, and Musée de l' Armée, J 192 (where it is combined with the mark of Daniele Seravalle of Milan), and Z.H.W.K., VIII, 373, where a very similar mark is associated with Melchior Diefstetter of Munich. Single instances of it are very common.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, pI. 2, but wrongly captioned as pI. 3.