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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1625
  • Steel and silver, blackened, chiselled, and formerly encrusted
  • Length: 117.2 cm
    Width: 2.3 cm
    Weight: 1.47 kg
  • Stamp: Cross Stamped twice
    Stamp: Cross
  • A601
  • European Armoury II
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  • Rapier, the swept-hilt of blackened steel made up of a pommel in the form of a turbaned head; wire-bound grip; diagonally curved guard, ring-guards, hilt-arms, joined by a loop to the knuckle-guard, and the usual three transverse bars on the inner side; the main guards are chiseled with scales, their centres and the ends of the crossguard lobed and decorated with cockle-shells; the escutcheon is also chased with a cockle-shell; blade of hexagonal section, with short groove at the forte, the ricasso stamped twice with a cross and the blade once on either side. Both pommel and guards bear traces of encrusting with silver. Pommel associated.