The Wallace Collection

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  • Rapier
  • Friedrich Munich (1625-1705) , Swordsmith
  • Solingen, Germany
  • 1620 - 1650
    c. 1620 (hilt)
    possibly c.1645 or later (blade)
  • Iron or steel and gold, gilded
  • Length: 127 cm
    Length: 111.7 cm, blade
    Width: 1.5 cm
    Weight: 1 kg
  • Inscription: '·FRIEDERICH· / ·MVNICH·'
  • A577
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the swept hilt comprising a faceted, oviform pommel and button, decagonal in section; spirally fluted, wire-bound grip; straight crossguard of hexagonal section widening towards the ends; knuckle-guard branching into loop-guards to join the ring, inner bars and hilt-arms to which is attached a side-ring, all of pentagonal section, the dark surface formerly gilt. Blade of diamond section, the groove at the forte inscribed with the name:


    The blade lettering of Spanish type; strong ricasso.

    Friedrich Munich was probably a member of a family of Solingen bladesmiths, of whom the best known is Peter Münch, who frequently signed his name Peter Munich. Weyersberg (Solinger Schwertschmiede, p. 32) has found references to a swordsmith, Freidrich Munich, in the Solingen archives under the years 1645, 1670, 1673 and 1674. A Friedrich Münch died at Schaberg on 11 January, 1705, at the age of 80.