The Wallace Collection

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  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1635 - c. 1640
  • Steel, blackened and chiselled
  • Length: 121.9 cm
    Width: 2.4 cm
    Weight: 0.81 kg
  • A677
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the hilt made up of a spherical pommel with large button chiselled with scrolled ornament in relief; spirally fluted, wire-bound grip; knuckle-guard with a knop in the centre and a curl towards the shell; short, single quillon, the end bifurcated and terminating in spherical knobs; no hilt-arms, but space for forefinger and thumb can be found behind the guard, which is formed by a circular, saucer-shaped shell. This is chased and pierced with scale ornament and strapwork, incorporating four fleurs-de-lys; the whole of blackened steel.

    Blade of diamond section, the ricasso is covered by the long rectangular escutcheon, which is incised with a conventional tree-pattern.

    Possibly French, about 1635-40.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 169 and 375, pl. 74.