The Wallace Collection

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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Alessandro Scacchi , Swordsmith
  • Brescia, Italy
  • c. 1610
  • Iron or steel, wood and gold, gilded
  • Length: 102 cm
    Width: 2.5 cm
    Weight: 1.18 kg
  • Incised mark: Toledo mark flanked by 'S'
    Maker's mark: Cartouche charged with lozenges encircling 'SANDRI'
    Maker's mark: Cartouche charged with lozenges encircling 'SCACCHI'
  • A613
  • European Armoury III
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  • Rapier, the swept hilt made up of a cylindrical pommel, with button; wooden grip of oval section vertically fluted; single curving rear quillon of hexagonal section; knuckle-guard, with loop joining the hilt-arms and ring-guard (from which project two prongs), joined at the inner side by a small loop, thus forming a trefoil; the surfaces of the hilt are hatched with small punched patterns, possibly once gilt; the blade is strongly ridged and doubly grooved, the ricasso bearing on each side the Toledo mark flanked with the letter S and the maker's mark: a cartouche charged with lozenges (scacchi = chequers), encircled with his name:

    SANDRI / SCACCHI

    The rapier A596 is inscribed ‘Sandrinus Scacchus’, but bears a mark attributed to Jasper Bongen, the Younger.

    For a note on Sandro or Sandrinus Scacchi see A596. Similar decoration occurs on the hilt of A616. A very similar hilt is at Veste Coburg (no. II. A.51).