The Wallace Collection

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Cup-hilt rapier
  • Cup-hilt rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Spain
  • probably 3rd quarter of 17th century
  • Steel, chiselled and pierced
  • Length: 119.3 cm
    Length: 102.2 cm, blade
    Width: 1.9 cm
    Weight: 0.97 kg
  • A665
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Cup-hilt rapier, the hilt composed of a flattened spherical pommel, with button; wire-bound grip with four vertical steel strips; long, straight quillons, hilt-arms; semi-circular knuckle-guard. The pommel and guards are chiselled with a pattern of overlapping acanthus leaves in sharp relief (see also A648); cup with turned-over edge and inner shell (guardapolvo), both chiselled with closely set vertical ribs pierced ladder-wise between, forming an open basket-work. Long, slender blade of diamond section.

    Probably third quarter 17th century.