The Wallace Collection

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  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 1595 - 1899
    c. 1595 - c. 1620 (hilt)
    19th century (blade)
  • Iron and steel, chased
  • Length: 108 cm
    Width: 3 cm
    Weight: 1.51 kg
  • Stamp: 'N' or 'H' Heavily stamped
  • A603
  • European Armoury II
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Rapier, the swept-hilt comprising a pommel of flattened cylindrical form, with button; spirally fluted, wire-bound grip; diagonally curved crossguard (also slightly recurved horizontally); knuckle-guard joined by a loop- to double ring-guards and hilt-arms, and the usual plain transverse bars on the inner side. The entire hilt, with the exception of the inner-guard, is spirally chased with alternate bands of twisted guilloche riband and berries in low relief. The blade, which is probably 19th-century, is of flattened diamond section with strong ricasso heavily stamped on each side with the letter N or H.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 370-1 (with a list of similarly decorated pieces).

    The 19th-century hilt of A622 is similarly decorated, however it has been cast, rather than chiselled and chased in the authentic manner. Another example, which came from the Baden Ducal Armoury, is in the Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe (no. G87).