The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- probably Italy; blade- Solingen, Germany
  • c. 1570 - c. 1580
  • Steel, blued
  • Length: 103.5 cm, blade
    Width: 2.5 cm, blade at guard
    Weight: 1.395 kg
    Length: 117.9 cm
    Width: 28.1 cm, guard
    Balance point: 10 cm, forward of the guard block
  • Maker's mark: Running wolf mark Inlaid in copper alloy
    Maker's mark
  • A576
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the swept hilt made up of a spherical pommel with ten facets, and button; wire-bound grip; straight crossguard of octagonal section thickening towards the ends; hilt arms, triple ring joined to the top of the knuckle-guard by two loop-guards and the usual triple, transverse bars on the inner side; the whole of plain, blued steel and of mediocre make. Associated double-edged blade of hexagonal section, grooved at the forte, bearing on one side the wolf mark inlaid in copper alloy; on either side of the ricasso, a maker's mark of the same kind as that upon the rapier A605.