The Wallace Collection

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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- North Italy, probably; blade- Italy
  • c. 1620
  • Steel, chiselled
  • Length: 113.4 cm
    Width: 2.2 cm
    Weight: 1.28 kg
  • Maker's mark: Oval shield incised with 'FRANCESCHO / GASTIONE' Stamped
  • A602
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the swept-hilt comprised of a spirally fluted, oviform pommel with button; spirally fluted, wire-bound grip; diagonally curved crossguard (slightly recurved horizontally) triple ring-guard, hilt-arms, loop-guard and knuckle-guard with end hooked, and four transverse bars on the inner side; the guards of bright steel, all boldly roped; blade of diamond section with slightly hollowed facets; the ricasso stamped with an oval shield incised with the maker's name:

    FRANCESCHO / GASTIONE

    Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 51 and 234, pI. 54. There was a rapier in the Bernal sale, Christie's, 1855, lot 2146, signed CASTIONE (sic), probably the same swordsmith. This form of signature on an oval band was used by Sandri Scacchi and other Italian swordsmiths, cf. nos. A613, A629 and A788.