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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- North Europe, possibly; blade- German, possibly Passau
  • c. 1620 - c. 1640
  • Steel and gold, engraved, chiselled, gilded and blued
  • Length: 130.8 cm
    Length: 112 cm, blade
    Width: 2 cm
    Weight: 1.587 kg
  • Inscription: 'Soli Deo Gloria sia [sic] / Me fecit Pasafis [sic]'
    Maker's mark
  • A604
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
History
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the swept-hilt composed of a pommel decorated in high relief with pilasters chiselled in the form of dolphins, spherical button; spirally fluted, wire-bound grip; diagonally curved crossguard, knuckle-guard with loop-guard connecting with the hilt arms, and projecting counter-guard; plain triple bar covering the ricasso on the left side; all the main guards are spirally moulded and end in large dolphins' heads, the whole being of chiselled steel, blued and gilt. Blade of diamond section (broken off about eleven inches from the point, and since repaired) and engraved on the forte with scrolls and figures in classical and Turkish costume. Inscribed on each side:

    Soli Deo Gloria, sai [sic]

    Me fecit Pasafis [sic]

    The ricasso is engraved with figures in the costume of the early seventeenth century and heavily gilt. On the tang there is a mark similar to that on A483 and 576.

    Skelton, I Pl. LXV, Fig. 6

    Norman & Barne, 1980, pp. 99 and 257.