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Rapier
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- probably North Europe; blade- probably Germany
  • c. 1620 - c. 1645
  • Iron and steel, blackened and pierced
  • Length: 137.4 cm
    Length: 116 cm, blade
    Width: 1.5 cm, at top of the ricasso
    Weight: 0.94 kg
    Width: 16.3 cm, guard
    Balance point: 9.8 cm, forward of the guard block
  • A676
  • European Armoury III
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  • Rapier, the hilt composed of an egg-shaped pommel, fluted, with button; iron, wire-bound grip; straight quillons, the ends curled forwards; shallow shell-guard in the form of a lobated sexfoil, each panel of which is pierced to form a trellis, it is joined to the quillons by a double branch on either side; long, tongue-shaped escutcheon, fluted; the whole of blackened steel. Blade of hexagonal section with a single groove at the forte, the point wrought to a diamond section which is flattened and widened for delivering the stramazzone (a slashing cut delivered with the sword’s point, rather than the edge); long ricasso partly covered by the escutcheon. There is no mark, but there is a series of oblique hatching in the groove where the signature is usually inscribed.

    About 1620-45; hilt probably North European.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, No. 58.

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 172, pI. 68. Of the type sometimes known as a 'flamberge'. See note under A508.