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Cup-hilt rapier
  • Cup-hilt rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- Spain; blade- Milan, Italy
  • probably c. 1675
  • Steel, chiselled
  • Length: 114.6 cm
    Width: 1.8 cm
    Weight: 0.825 kg
  • Inscription: '+ A·N·T·O·N·I·O / P·I·C·I·N·I·N·O +' ; attribution to Antonio Piccinino probably spurious
  • A661
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Cup-hilt rapier, the hilt comprised of a flattened spherical pommel, with button; wire-bound grip with four vertical roped bands; long straight quillons of circular section terminating in flattened buttons; hilt arms; knuckle-guard. The pommel, quillons and knuckle-guard are spirally fluted with alternate bands of chiselling; the cup is of plain steel with a strongly flanged edge, spirally decorated like the rest, the base and inner shell (guardapolvo) pierced and chiselled with conventional scrolled foliage. The slender blade is of hexagonal section, with a hollow flute in the centre of the forte inscribed:

    + A∙N∙T∙O∙N∙I∙O/P∙I∙C∙I∙N∙I∙N∙O +

    Norman and Barne, 1980, p. 174. Nos. A540 and 626 also bear the name of this well-known swordsmith (see also Victoria and Albert Museum, inv. no. 2757-1931), and see note on the Piccinino family under A540.