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Cup-hilt rapier
  • Cup-hilt rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Spain and Solingen, Germany
  • probably 3rd quarter of 17th century
  • Iron or steel, chiselled and pierced
  • Length: 117.5 cm
    Width: 2 cm
    Weight: 1.17 kg
  • Inscription: 'xx IHN x SOLINGEN xx'
    Stamp: Virgin and Child
  • A650
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Cup-hilt rapier, the hilt made up of a round, flattened pommel, with button, solid and chiselled in low relief with scrolls and berries; hollow grip rather coarsely pierced with scrolls; straight quillons, spirally fluted and finished with rosette-headed knobs; cup with edge turned over, and pierced with foliage, four circular compositions of conventional flowers, leaves and berries; inner shell (guardapolvo), similarly decorated; plain hilt-arms, knuckle-guard spirally fluted like the quillons and broken in the centre by a moulding; blade of diamond section, deeply grooved at the forte and incised on both sides:

    xx IHN x SOLINGEN xx

    The ricasso inside the cup is stamped on each side with a mark of the Virgin and Child which resembles that of Peter Munsten the Younger (compare the mark on the rapier at Dresden, E 419). The workmanship of grip and pommel differ from each other and also from that of the cup.

    Probably third quarter 17th century; blade German (Solingen ?).

    Norman & Barne, 1980, p. 175.