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Cup-hilt rapier
  • Cup-hilt rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- Madrid, Spain; blade- Toledo, Spain
  • probably late 17th century
  • Iron or steel, chiselled
  • Length: 113 cm
    Width: 2 cm
    Weight: 1.18 kg
  • Maker's mark: Crowned 'D' and another mark Stamped
  • A663
  • European Armoury III
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  • Cup-hilt rapier, the hilt made up of an oviform pommel, with button, chased in low relief with a band of laurel wreaths, two of which enclose two horsemen, and two rosettes; fluted, wire-bound grip; straight quillons, round in section, spirally fluted and finishing in rosette-shaped knobs; knuckle-guard similarly fluted spirally in the middle; solid cup of one piece (with hilt-arms), the upper edge pierced with three holes on each side, the surface chiselled in low relief with four oval panels surrounded by laurel wreaths enclosing equestrian figures in combat (twice), hawking and hunting, the intervening surfaces decorated with birds, fruit and double roses; stiff blade of triangular section, the ricasso stamped on each side with two maker's marks (of which only the lower is reproduced): a crowned D (?) which resembles that used by Domingo Corrientes, a Toledo bladesmith.

    The pommel of the parrying dagger A839 is of like design and workmanship.

    Probably late 17th century; blade Spanish (Toledo).

    L' Art Ancien III, no. 368; IV, no. 569.

    Provenance: Frédéric Spitzer.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 182. It is unusual to find an estoc blade in a cup-hilt rapier (see also A652) but this one appears to belong. The holes round the edge of the cup were probably intended for fixing a lining.