The Wallace Collection

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  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Milan, Italy
  • c. 1585 - c. 1620
  • Steel, chiselled
  • Length: 108.5 cm
    Width: 3.1 cm
    Weight: 1.4 kg
  • Maker's mark Stamped
  • A621
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the swept hilt comprised of flattened cylindrical pommel with button; oval wire-bound grip (modern); single rear quillon (slightly curved); knuckle-guard joined by a loop-guard to the double ring, hilt-arms, with the usual transverse triple bars on the inner side. The entire hilt, with the exception of the last, of chiselled steel, pierced rather roughly chiselled with open-work panels of classical subjects, among them a triumph on the pommel, a personnage enthroned receiving homage, on the main guard, with bands of open strapwork between. The double-edged blade of flattened diamond section, with long ricasso stamped on each side with a maker's mark. The greater part of the rear quillon is a reconstruction.

    A similar mark was stamped on the ricasso of a rapier sold at Sotheby's, 6 June, 1935, lot 74. A very similar hilt is depicted in The Corporalship of Captain Allart Cloeck, by Thomas de Keyser, dated 1632 (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, inv. no. C381).