The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Solingen, Germany
  • c. 1610
  • Iron and steel, blued and stippled
  • Length: 110.5 cm
    Width: 2.2 cm
    Weight: 1.265 kg
  • Stamp: Crowned 'S O L I'
  • A635
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the semi-swept hilt composed of a flattened oviform pommel with button; spirally fluted, wire-bound grip; straight quillons widening towards the ends; knuckle-bow, doubly curved and ending in an animal's head with open jaws; it joins the hilt-arms by a loop-guard incorporating a curl; side-ring filled with a perforated shell balanced on the inner side by a solid shell joined to knuckle-guard. The guards blued and stippled or grained on the outer side to produce a matt surface. The blade of flattened hexagonal section triply grooved at the forte, the ricasso stamped on each side with the word S O L I crowned (Solingen).

    Compare the rapier A618, which bears a similar mark.