The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Solingen, Germany
  • c. 1595 - c. 1610
  • Steel, chiselled
  • Length: 104.6 cm
    Width: 2.9 cm
    Weight: 1.34 kg
  • Maker's mark
  • A618
  • European Armoury II
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  • Rapier, the swept hilt composed of a pommel of flattened cylindrical form, with button; wire-bound grip of oval section, single curved rear quillon (repaired and curved the wrong way); knuckle-guard, joined by a loop to the hilt-arms, double ring-guard, with three transverse bars on the inner side; the entire hilt (except the last) richly decorated in relief on a small scale, with oval panels of combats, allegorical figures, and a hunting scene, in steel chiselled on a ground of conventional leaves and fruit. Blade of flattened hexagonal section, grooved at the forte, the strong ricasso stamped on each side with an incomplete maker's mark (Solingen?).

    Compare the rapier A635, which bears a similar mark. For a note on the subsidiary incised decoration see under A808.