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Cup-hilt rapier
  • Cup-hilt rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Toledo, Spain
  • probably 3rd quarter of 17th century
  • Iron and steel, pierced and chiselled
  • Length: 108.8 cm
    Width: 1.6 cm
    Weight: 0.96 kg
  • Inscription: '· xxx · PEDRO · DEL · MONTE · IN · TOLEDO · xxx'
    Stamp: Toledo mark
  • A648
  • European Armoury II
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  • Cup-hilt rapier, the hilt composed of a round flattened pommel, with button, chased with acanthus leaves; oval hollow grip, pierced and chiselled with scrolls; straight quillons of oval section chiselled with acanthus laves, widening towards the ends and terminating in knobs; cup, with turned-over edge, pierced with scroll work, the cup itself pierced and chiselled with scrolls of conventional leaves, flowers and masks, the inner cup (guardapolvo) similarly decorated; plain, incomplete hilt-arms, the knuckle-guard decorated en suite with the quillons; narrow blade of hexagonal section deeply grooved at the forte, and inscribed on both sides:

    · xxx · PEDRO · DEL · MONTE · IN · TOLEDO · xxx ·

    The ricasso stamped on each side with a Toledo mark.

    Spanish (Toledo), about 1650

    De Beaumont Catalogue, No. 54

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke

    Sir Guy Laking's doubts about A648, and dagger A829, expressed in an earlier edition of the Wallace Collection catalogue, were unfounded. The blade and cup are original and of fine quality.