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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Andrea Ferara (*1530)
  • Italy
  • c. 1610
    probably 19th century (decoration of hilt)
  • Steel, wood and gold, chiselled and gilded
  • Length: 109.3 cm
    Width: 2.5 cm
    Weight: 1.26 kg
  • Maker's mark: '·ANDREA FERARA·'
    Stamp: Cross Stamped twice
  • A592
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Rapier, the swept hilt comprising a cylindrical pommel with nine hollow facets; short wooden grip of octagonal section bound with wire; diagonally curved crossguard with slight horizontal recurving, side-ring hilt arms and loop-guard joining the knuckle-guard, and three transverse bars on the inner side, all of oval section; the hilt is of steel chiselled in low relief with monsters, masks, conventional flowers and oval panels containing classical figures on a gilt and matted ground. The blade of hexagonal section, with a single groove inscribed on each side:

    ANDREA FERARA

    The ricasso is stamped with a cross twice on each side.

    About 1610; decoration of hilt probably 19th century; blade Italian.

    L' Art Ancien, IV, no. 568.

    Provenance: Frédéric Spitzer.

    For other blades here inscribed by Andrea Ferara, see A544.