The Wallace Collection

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Cup-hilt rapier
  • Cup-hilt rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • probably late 17th century
  • Iron and steel, pierced and chiselled
  • Length: 128.9 cm
    Length: 114 cm, blade
    Width: 2.38 cm
    Weight: 1.2 kg
  • Incised mark: Cross
    Incised mark: Inverted 'V' under a fleur-de-lys
  • A660
  • European Armoury III
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  • Cup-hilt rapier, the hilt made up of a spherical pommel chiselled with foliage and two medallions in low relief; wire-bound grip carved with a lozenge pattern, straight, slender quillons of circular section ending in buttons; slender knuckle-guard, chased like the quillons and with turned ornament at the centre; a short spur projects from the end of the knuckle-guard and fits into a hole in the pommel; the large hilt-arms are flush with the cup, which is pierced and chased with four oval wreathes containing busts in Roman and Eastern dress, surrounded with trophies of arms and foliage. Blade of flattened diamond section, with a short deep central groove in the forte; square ricasso bearing a cross deeply cut on both sides. The tang has been repaired at the end. On the blade is a second mark consisting of an inverted V with a bifurcated apex all under a small fleur-de-lys.

    Probably late-17th century.