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Cup-hilt rapier
  • Cup-hilt rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Spain
  • probably late 17th century
    possibly 19th century (blade)
  • Iron and steel, chiselled
  • Length: 106 cm
    Width: 2.1 cm
    Weight: 1.18 kg
  • A664
  • European Armoury III
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  • Cup-hilt rapier, the hilt made up of an oviform pommel, with button, chiselled in low relief of each side, with a circular design of a bird; spirally fluted, wire-bound grip, the wire being very fine; straight; slender quillons, round in section, the ends finished with acorn-shaped knobs, and knuckle-guard en suite; cup, solid and chiselled in low relief, with four large laurel wreaths containing trophies of arms, and of four smaller ones containing male and female busts; near the blade a conventional rose; the upper edge is pierced with three holes on either side (see also A663); plain hilt arms inside the cup; blade of flattened diamond section, the facets hollowed; strong ricasso.

    Probably late 17th century; blade possibly 19th century.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 182. See also A663.