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Cup-hilt rapier
  • Cup-hilt rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany; blade- Passau or Solingen
  • possibly 3rd quarter of 17th century
  • Iron, steel, copper and velvet, pierced, chiselled and inlaid
  • Length: 124.4 cm
    Width: 2 cm
    Weight: 1 kg
  • Incised mark: wolf mark inlaid in copper
  • A667
  • European Armoury II
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  • Cup-hilt rapier, the hilt comprised of a spherical pommel flattened on four sides to receive circular medallions containing busts in profile chiselled in low relief, unusually tall olive-shaped button spirally fluted, and threaded to screw on; velvet-bound grip spirally fluted and bound with wire; straight quillons of circular section with spirally fluted, olive-shaped ends like the button, the escutcheon with a medallion head chiselled in low relief on either side; knuckle-guard, hilt arms (one branch of which is missing) and cup chiselled with oval and circular panels containing classical figures and profile heads, respectively, amid pierced, conventional foliage, the upper edge divided into four arcs and the border bent over, inside it is an inner shell (guardapolvo) with similar medallions. Very long blade of flat hexagonal section with central groove on the forte, the point broken off, uneven in thickness and has been much corroded. There are traces of a wolf mark inlaid in copper.

    Possibly third quarter 17th century; blade German (Passau or Solingen).