The Wallace Collection

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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- South Europe; blade- Germany
  • probably 2nd quarter of 17th century
  • Steel and cord, blackened and pierced
  • Length: 130.8 cm
    Length: 115.5 cm, blade
    Width: 2.4 cm
    Weight: 1.13 kg
  • Incised mark Inlaid
    Incised mark: Orb and cross
  • A587
  • European Armoury III
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  • Rapier, the frontally symmetrical swept hilt comprised of a faceted oviform pommel with button; cord-bound grip of octagonal section; knuckle-guard and straight crossguard of circular section; hilt-arms, double shell-guards of squelette type (the term ‘squelette’ is given in France to this type of hilt from its resemblance to the ribs of a skeleton), each composed of sixteen narrow bars joined down the centre; the whole of blackened steel. The long blade is of hexagonal section with a single groove at the forte inlaid on one side with the mark of the running-wolf, and on the other with the orb and cross. Long, square ricasso with central hollow. The blade has been bent, broken and repaired.

    It is not clear whether the 'beast' on the blade really does represent a wolf, and if so whether it is of Passau or of Solingen (see A469). The rib-like bars of the hilt are formed by piercing a convex plate fitted into a groove in the side-ring.