A Swept-Hilt Rapier In Early 17th Century Style
Lot 30
A Swept-Hilt Rapier In Early 17th Century Style
Sold for £2,000 (US$ 3,361) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Swept-Hilt Rapier In Early 17th Century Style
19th Century
With slender tapering double-edged blade of hollow-ground flattened hexagonal section changing to flattened diamond towards the point, ricasso of rectangular section, each face struck with a pair of indistinct marks and bordered by a single incised line, russet iron hilt of slender rounded bars, comprising vertically recurved quillons each with ovoidal tip decorated in relief on the inner and outer side with a double-headed eagle within a niche, arms, three outer rings each with central knop en suite with the quillon-tips, the top ring joined by a curved bar to the knuckle-guard, the latter with central knop and finial both en suite with the quillon tips, inner guard of three merging curved bars rising to join the forward quillon, the centre of the quillon-block with a further chiselled double-headed eagle on each face, heavy barrel-shaped pommel with four raised double-headed eagles en suite, and swelling vertically fluted wooden grip between steel collars and reinforced with slender steel straps (the blade and hilt with scattered surface pitting)
113.5 cm. blade

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Mgowo Collection
    Edwin J. Brett, Christie's, 18 March 1895, lot 499 (11 gns. to Whawell)
    Sotheby & Co., 27 November 1931, lot 54

    Literature:
    Hoffmeyer, cat. no. 108, pp. 94, 140, 141 and 142, fig. 26
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