The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • 1590 - 1899
    probably c. 1590 - c. 1620 (hilt)
    19th century (blade)
  • Iron or steel and gold, chased, blackened and gilded
  • Length: 104.8 cm
    Width: 2.5 cm
    Weight: 1.275 kg
  • A610
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the swept hilt, of symmetrical form, composed of a flattened cylindrical pommel, with button; vertically ribbed, wire-bound grip; single curved rear quillon widening at the end; double side-rings, hilt-arms and knuckle-guard; all the guards are of flattened oval section. The entire hilt is chased in low relief with conventional scroll-work, gilt on a blackened ground; on the pommel the pattern is reticulated. Blade of flattened diamond section, with a single deep fuller at the forte and a strong ricasso. No maker’s mark.

    Hilt probably about 1590-1620; blade probably 19th century.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 128.