- Unknown Artist / Maker
- Spain, possibly
- c. 1620 - c. 1630
- Iron, steel, gold and copper, gilded
- Length: 130.8 cm
Length: 112.5 cm, blade
Width: 2.2 cm
Weight: 1.315 kg
- Inscription: 'M O M O M' 'O' have designs around them, and the whole inscription has a straight line above and below
Maker's mark: Crowned 'B' Stamped
- European Armoury III
Images & Media
- Rapier, the swept-hilt comprised of a spherical pommel decorated with horizontally notched facets, and separate button; copper, wire-bound grip of herring-bone pattern; crossguard, diagonally curved upwards and downwards; knuckle-guard, with loop-guard connecting with the hilt-arms; ring-guard (the third ring enclosing a small pierced shell), the bars being of hexagonal section decorated with rusticated notching and entirely gilt. Blade of hexagonal section, triply fluted at the forte, the central flute incised:–
M [O] M [O] M[O] M
The ricasso stamped on each side with the maker's mark, a crowned B.
Norman & Barne, 1980, pp. 133 and 234.
A similar mark of a crowned B, surmounted by a cross occurs, together with the Toledo mark, on a rapier in the Hermitage, Leningrad (Lenz, p. 159, B 293), inscribed: De Pedro de Velmonte en Toledo; and on a rapier in the Fitzwilliam Museum, inscribed: De Pedro de Vela/monte en Toledo. Compare also the crowned B used by Peter Tesche of Solingen (Dresden, 314, p. 84, and in Weyersberg, pp. 46-7). The same repetitive inscription, M.O.M., etc. occurred on two rapiers in the Keasbey sale, 1924 lot 231, and 1925, lot 104.