The Wallace Collection

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  • Rapier
  • Caino
  • Milan, Italy
  • c. 1580 - c. 1620
  • Steel and copper, blued
  • Length: 106.2 cm
    Width: 2.5 cm
    Weight: 1.11 kg
  • Inscription: 'LAMBER / TENGO'
    Maker's mark: ''S / T' with 'CAINO' after
  • A616
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the swept hilt made up of a pommel of ten-sided, cylindrical form; diagonally fluted grip bound with copper wire; single curved rear quillon, widening towards the end; hilt-arms, double ring joined to the knuckle-guard by a loop, all of hexagonal section with two transverse bars on the inner side, the whole of blued steel lightly decorated with punched patterns of flowing lines and dots. The blade of hexagonal section, the single groove incised with the words:


    (no doubt a reference to the Lambertengo or Lambertenghi family of Milan). The ricasso is stamped on each side with the place-name Caino, and a mark

    Another rapier, inscribed: L A M B E R T E N G O, was in the Raoul Richards Collection (sold Rome, 3 March, 1890, lot 965).

    For the inscription CAINO see note under A516. Presumably the bladesmith's mark represents a master with the initials ST working in Caino near Brescia in northern Italy.