The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- England; blade- Germany
  • c. 1605 - 1615
  • Steel, gold, silver and wood, blackened, encrusted, and damascened
  • Length: 114 cm, blade
    Width: 3.3 cm, blade, above the ricasso
    Weight: 1.29 kg
    Length: 130.6 cm
    Width: 17.3 cm, guard
    Balance point: 15.6 cm, forward of the guard block
  • Inscription: '·SANDRINVS · SCACCHVS·'
    Maker's mark Stamped
  • A596
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
History
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Further Reading
  • The majority of the elegant civilian swept-hilt rapiers in the Wallace Collection are either Italian or German, these being the two principal centres in Europe for the production of such weapons. However, there is also a small group of richly-decorated English swords, of which this is a notable example. An 1861 account records that the sword had apparently been ‘recently dug up’ near the town of Saffron Walden, in Essex. The present blade, though genuine, was added at that time (the original presumably being heavily corroded), and the decoration of the hilt has undergone some restoration. The main scheme is original, however, and a rare example of fine quality English work.