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  • Rapier
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Hilt- Solingen, Germany; blade- Spain or Germany
  • c.1640 - c. 1650
  • Steel and silver, blackened and chiselled
  • Length: 116.8 cm
    Width: 1.9 cm
    Weight: 0.98 kg
  • Inscription: '. SAHAGVM .'
  • A682
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Rapier, the hilt made up of a pear-shaped pommel of four lobes chased with vertical lines, with large button chiselled with acanthus leaves; silver wire-bound grip; knuckle-guard with single, horizontal loop forming a large side-ring and single, curving quillon of diamond section with lobated knop at the end like the pommel; at the centre of both knuckle-guard and side-ring is a similar knop. Escutcheon chiselled with a grotesque mask. The whole of blackened steel with narrow lines, the lobes ornamented with acanthus leaves and pearling. Long blade of hexagonal section, the groove at the forte inscribed:

    . SAHAGVM .

    About 1640-50; blade, possibly associated, Spanish, or a German imitation.

    Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 268 and 374. Hilts decorated with incised lines are not uncommon, see for example Brooklyn Museum Exhibition, 1933, No. 102 (Offerman).

    The form of the lettering on the blade is Spanish, but it bears neither the Toledo mark nor those associated with the family of Sahagun. It is possibly a Solingen imitation.