The Wallace Collection

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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Toledo, Spain
  • 1600 - 1899
    early 17th century (pommel)
    probably 19th century (guards)
    c.1600 (blade)
  • Iron and steel, engraved, pierced, chiselled
  • Length: 134.62 cm
    Length: 115.7 cm, blade
    Width: 2.2 cm
    Weight: 1.385 kg
  • Incised mark: Toledo mark
    Incised mark: Half-moon mark
    Incised mark: Toledo mark
  • A582
  • European Armoury III
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  • Rapier, entirely composite, the swept hilt comprising a large, hollow, oviform pommel of early 17th-century date, pierced and chiselled with combats, figures and masks among interlaced strapwork; small button; wire-bound grip, modern; knuckle-guard, straight crossguard ending in pierced oviform knobs like the pommel; double ring-guard (the larger ring not returning to the smaller on one side, but joining the knuckle-guard by a loop); hilt arms and two transverse bars at the back. All elements of the guard are probably 19th-century. The whole of circular section, the centres of the guards decorated with oviform knobs pierced and chiselled on one side and addorsed C-shaped scrolls on the other, the rest of the surface closely engraved with interlacing strapwork and acanthus leaves. The Toledo blade, dates from c. 1600 and is of diamond section, the ricasso stamped on each side with the Toledo and half moon marks. The Toledo mark is also repeated on the tang.