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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Andrea Ferara (*1530)
  • Italy
  • c. 1570 - c. 1580
  • Steel, chiselled, filed and blackened
  • Weight: 1.58 kg
    Length: 132 cm
    Length: 116.1 cm, blade
    Width: 2.8 cm, blade at guard
    Width: 2.8 cm, guard
    Balance point: 13 cm, forward of the guard block
  • Inscription: 'ANDREA FERARA'
    Stamp: Two crosses
  • A588
  • European Armoury II
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  • Rapier, the swept hilt composed of an inverted, pear-shaped pommel chased with basket work, with tang-button; diagonally wire-bound grip; straight crossguard swelling slightly at the ends; hilt arms, triple ring and knuckle-guard, the last joined by loops to the hilt arms, with an additional curled bar, and the unusual plain triple guards on the inner side; heart-shaped escutcheon ribbed. The entire hilt is made of blackened steel, the bars undulated and chiselled with fine parallel lines to simulate basket-work; double-edged blade, doubly grooved the entire length, each groove being incised with the name:

    ANDREA FERARA

    Long ricasso stamped with two crosses.

    Italian, about 1570-80.

    Boccia and Coelho, Armi bianche italiane, 1975, fig. 482; Norman and Barne 1980, pp. 122, 232 and 252, pI. 37. See A544. Compare also the crosses stamped on A538.