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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- North Europe; blade- German, Passau or Solingen
  • c. 1630
  • Steel and copper alloy, blackened and inlaid
  • Length: 105.7 cm
    Width: 2.4 cm
    Weight: 1.36 kg
  • Incised mark: Running wolf inlaid in copper alloy
    Incised mark: Half-moon
  • A644
  • European Armoury III
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  • Rapier, of 'Walloon' or 'Pappenheimer' type, the hilt made up of a large, spirally fluted, fig-shaped pommel, with button; fluted, wire-bound grip; diagonally curved quillons of diamond section, with riband ends; hilt-arms; knuckle-guard, from which divide two almost symmetrical loop-guards, the forward ones each filled with a shell pierced geometrically with interlacing circles; the entire hilt of blackened steel.

    The blade is of hexagonal section, singly grooved at the forte, with the running-wolf mark inlaid in copper alloy on one side; the ricasso bears the half-moon mark, originally used by an Espadero del Rey, but here a German imitation.

    About 1630; hilt probably North European; blade German (Passau or Solingen).

    For a note on this type of short-coupled wolf mark see under A469.