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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Toledo, Spain
  • c. 1630 - c. 1640
  • Iron and steel, chiselled
  • Length: 107.2 cm
    Width: 2.8 cm
    Weight: 1.21 kg
  • Inscription: 'PETRVS IN TOLEDO'
    Maker's mark: lion rampant Stamped
  • A584
  • European Armoury III
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  • Rapier, the swept hilt comprised of a hollow pommel pierced with scrolls holding four shells containing two male and two female busts chiselled in relief; fluted, wire-bound grip; crossguard horizontally recurved at the ends; double ring, hilt arms, knuckle-guard, branching into a loop-guard, the bars on the inner side crossed in saltire; the ends of the crossguard and the centre of the ring and knuckle-guards (as well as the end of the latter) are decorated, like the pommel, with male and female busts on shells. The double-edged blade of hexagonal section, singly grooved at the forte, and inscribed on both sides:

    PETRVS IN TOLEDO

    The ricasso stamped on each side with an armourer's mark of a lion rampant.
    Blades signed PETRUS are in the collection of the Pauilhac Collection at the Musée de l’Armée in Paris (inv. no. J.Po.1880), and on a ‘main gauche’ type parrying dagger once in the possession of Mr. Loder at Taunton. One in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, is signed Iuan Petrus (inv. no. 14.25.1036). Cf. also no. A638.

    Additional blades signed PETRUS IN TOLEDO are in the Historical Museum at Bern (Wegeli, Inventor, II, no. 438), and in the Royal Armouries (inv. no. IX.889). Nothing seems to be recorded about this maker.