The Wallace Collection

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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy, possibly
  • c. 1630 - c. 1640
  • Iron and steel, gold, pierced, chiselled, etched and once gilded
  • Length: 126.3 cm
    Length: 103 cm, blade
    Width: 3 cm
    Weight: 1.315 kg
  • A585
  • European Armoury III
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  • Rapier, the swept hilt comprised of an oviform pommel, pierced and decorated with close-set scallop shells chiselled in high relief, and faceted button; spirally fluted, wire-bound grip (restored); straight crossguard with a pierced escutcheon clustered with scallop shells, triple ring-guard, hilt-arms, joined by loop-guards to the knuckle-guard; the crossguard and guards of hexagonal section, broken at intervals with pierced cockle shells pierced and chiselled in high relief showing traces of gilding. Double-edged blade of hexagonal section with a single flute at the forte, the ricasso and upper part etched with guilloche ornament and scrolls on a hatched ground.

    Compare the hilts of Wallace Collection nos. A570, 586, 589, 607, 648.