The Wallace Collection

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  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- North Europe; blade- Milan, Italy, probably
  • c. 1625 - c. 1635
  • Steel and gold, chiselled, pierced and gilded
  • Length: 111.7 cm, blade
    Width: 2.8 cm, blade, at top of the ricasso
    Weight: 1.29 kg
    Length: 128.4 cm
    Width: 22.7 cm, guard
    Balance point: 15.7 cm, forward of the guard block
  • Inscription: 'ANTONIO I PICININO'
    Maker's mark: Mound of three parts under a crown
  • A626
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the semi-swept hilt composed of a hollow, pierced, oviform pommel, with button; hollow, steel grip; diagonally curved quillons; large hilt-arms, double ring, joined by high, curved loop to the quillons, with bars on the inner side formed as intersecting loops. The hilt is decorated with pierced oval panels enclosing entwined strapwork, on the pommel, and the ends and centre of the quillons, and the centre of the grip and bars; the edges are cut to a pattern of serrated leaves, the whole chiselled and gilt. Blade of flattened hexagonal section, the single groove inscribed:


    The ricasso is stamped on each side with a mark that resembles his.
    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 142. The mark here is of a mound of three parts under a crown, cf. that on A540.