A North European Dish-Hilt Rapier
Lot 28
A North European Dish-Hilt Rapier
£2,000 - 3,000
US$ 3,300 - 5,000
Lot Details
A North European Dish-Hilt Rapier
Dated 1652
With long slender tapering double-edged blade of hollow-ground triangular section with a deep fuller running almost full-length on the inner face, the forte etched on each side with birds, scrolls, Classical warriors and mounted cavalrymen, all interspersed with inscriptions in Latin and the date, steel hilt comprising shallow circular guard cut inside and out with continuous spiralling flutes each pierced with circular holes separated by lines of punched crescents, all around a solid circular panel of dotted flutes spiralling in the opposite direction, straight slender quillons of rectangular section securing the cup and each with elongated bud-shaped finial stamped with lines of crescents, fluted quillon-block and pommel en suite, the latter of tall ovoidal form with compressed integral button, and spirally fluted wooden grip bound with twisted steel wire between Turk's heads
109.8 cm. blade

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Acquired from I.B. Jacobson in September 1962

    Literature:
    Hoffmeyer, cat. no. 97, pp. 134 and 135, fig. 37
    A.V.B. Norman, The Rapier and Small-Sword 1460-1820, 1980, p. 167
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