The Wallace Collection

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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Spain
  • probably 3rd quarter of 17th century
  • Iron and steel, chiselled and pierced
  • Length: 118 cm
    Width: 2.3 cm
    Weight: 1.13 kg
  • A657
  • European Armoury II
Commentary
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Further Reading
  • Cup-hilt rapier, the hilt made up of a round, flattened pommel, with button, solid and chiselled with foliage in low relief; fluted, wire-bound grip with vertical flute; straight quillons round in section, plain and ending in turned knobs; segmented guard formed of two shells pierced and chiselled with a double-headed eagle, crowned, on the one side, and an exotic bird on the other, among scroll-work and conventional leaves and berries; between the two shells are six concentric bars; plain hilt-arms and knuckle-guard, the latter with turned moulding in the centre: the inner shell is missing. Blade rigid and doubly grooved the whole length and pierced at the forte.

    (1962) Spanish, about 1650; (1986) Probably third quarter 17th century; blade associated.

    Norman & Barne, 1980, p. 157.