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  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- possibly Italy, decorated in Milan; blade- Toledo, Spain
  • c. 1580
  • Iron or steel, gold, silver and leather, blued and counterfeit damascened
  • Length: 105.1 cm
    Width: 2.5 cm
    Weight: 1.15 kg
  • Inscription: 'MONTE · EN · TOLEDO'
  • A591
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, with a swept hilt composed of an oviform pommel of twelve facets, with button; leather and wire-bound grip; diagonally curved (up and down) crossguard (of flat oval section) with slight horizontal recurvature; ring-guard, with a loop-guard from the guard to the pas d' âne, knuckle-guard and three inner bars; the entire hilt overlaid with fine arabesques in gold and silver on a blued ground. Blade of diamond section, grooved at the forte and inscribed on both sides:


    Strong tapering ricasso.

    Spanish (Toledo), about 1610.

    About 1580; hilt possibly Italian, decorated in Milan; blade Spanish (Toledo).

    Provenance: Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    L' art ancien, I, 26, but not identified among Nieuwerkerke's exhibits at the Musée Rétrospectif, 1865; Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 145 and 232.

    The inscription on this blade may refer to Pedro del Monte who signed A648, or at least to a member of the same family.