The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- possibly Spain; blade- German
  • c. 1620
  • Iron, steel and wood, once gilded
  • Length: 107.6 cm
    Width: 2.6 cm
    Weight: 1.275 kg
  • Maker's mark
  • A580
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the swept hilt comprising a fluted, cylindrical pommel, with tang button; vertically fluted, wooden grip, of the original wire binding, only the Turk's head at either end remains; straight crossguard of circular section, thickening towards the ends; hilt-arms, triple ring joining the knuckle-guard by a loop-guard, the inner one splitting into two transverse bars. All of circular section; perhaps originally blued. The double-edged blade is of flattened diamond section, singly grooved at the forte; the ricasso bearing on either side the maker's mark. The surface of the hilt has been decorated with small punched circles and hatched as preparation for gilding, traces of which remain.