The Wallace Collection

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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Andrea Ferara (*1530)
  • Hilt- possibly Germany; blade- possibly Italy
  • c. 1620
  • Iron, steel, copper and gold, chiselled and gilded
  • Length: 107.7 cm
    Width: 2.9 cm
    Weight: 1.42 kg
  • Inscription: 'ANDREA FERARA' Inscribed four times
    Maker's mark Stamped
  • A636
  • European Armoury III
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  • Rapier, the fully gilt swept hilt made up of a fluted, egg-shaped pommel with button; fluted, wire-bound grip of copper; straight quillons horizontally recurved; knuckle-guard joined by a loop to the hilt-arms, two ring-guards (the upper surrounding a shell pierced with stars, squares and ovals), on the inner side a smaller shell similarly pierced. The hilt is roughly symmetrical in design, the swept guards on the inner side passing from the knuckle-guard to two ring-guards. Decorated throughout with a knotched design and hexagonal facets, chiselled and gilt. Blade of flattened hexagonal section doubly grooved the whole length, the grooves four time inscribed:

    ANDREA FERARA

    the ricasso stamped on each side with a maker's mark (now defaced).

    For a note on swords bearing the name, Andrea Ferara, see A544.