The Wallace Collection

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  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy
  • c. 1550 - c. 1560
  • Steel, iron and gold, gilded and chased
  • Length: 100.6 cm
    Width: 2.2 cm
    Weight: 1.01 kg
  • A590
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, with swept hilt of an early type, made up of a spherical pommel, with large button, chased in low relief with acanthus leaves, alternating with a shield of arms (a shield with three crescents addorsed inflamed, gilt); spirally fluted grip bound with iron and gilt wire; crossguard curved in opposite directions, the ends of riband form chased with acanthus leaves; double side-rings, hilt arms and a single loop-guard joining the hilt arms to the guard; all of gilt steel, the centres of the guards decorated with acanthus leaves chiselled in relief; two-edged strongly grooved blade, pierced with small holes and slits within 5.5 inches of the point. The device on the pommel is one of those used by the Strozzi family of Florence. The blade has been shortened.

    North Italian, about 1550-60.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 54 and 121.