A North European Transitional Rapier
Lot 27
A North European Transitional Rapier
£800 - 1,200
US$ 1,300 - 2,000
Lot Details
A North European Transitional Rapier
Dated 1669
With slender tapering double-edged blade of stiff diamond section etched with an indistinct inscription dated 1669 and changing to hexagonal at the forte, the latter with etched inscription on each face ' ... memento Anno Domine 1669' and a bladesmith's mark, a fleur-de-lys, at its base on one side, iron hilt comprising symmetrical double-shell guard (one shell cracked) pierced with numerous close-set circles all, on the outer face, within a pearled border, fluted quillon-block, slender arms, faceted diagonally recurved quillons each with bud-shaped tips, fluted ovoidal pommel, and associated wooden grip bound with twisted steel wire between reeded silver collars
91.6 cm. blade


  • Literature;
    Hoffmeyer, cat. no. 113, p. 155
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