The Wallace Collection

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  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- Italy, probably; blade- probably Germany
  • probably 2nd quarter of 17th century
  • Iron or steel, blued and filed
  • Length: 119.7 cm
    Width: 2.6 cm
    Weight: 1.31 kg
  • Inscription: '·EM IOENEVENDO· / ·LDC EVLENEELO·' In Spanish type of lettering
    Maker's mark
  • A599
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the blued swept-hilt composed of a fluted pommel of tapering cylindrical form, with button; wire-bound grip; diagonally curved crossguard; triple ring-guard, symmetrical on either side; hilt-arms, joined by a loop-guard to the knuckle-guard; the guards of slender section with the knobs at the centres; slender blade of flattened hexagonal section with hollow at the forte, and inscribed in Spanish type of lettering:



    The inscription does not make sense and is possibly a German corruption of '...EL VEYO/EN TOLEDO'. Strong ricasso with the traces of a maker's mark on either side. The shell-guards originally bolted to the ends of the arms of the hilt within the guards are now missing (see A640). There is no gap in either inscription. The third letter in the lower line is in fact illegible.

    Compare the hilts of nos. A605, 640, 807, 841 and 843