A Spanish Cup-Hilt Rapier
Lot 31
A Spanish Cup-Hilt Rapier
Sold for £2,000 (US$ 3,239) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Spanish Cup-Hilt Rapier
Circa 1650
With slender tapering double-edged blade of flattened diamond section, ricasso of flattened octagonal section, iron hilt with straight quillons swelling slightly towards their spirally fluted tips and terminating in baluster buttons, knuckle-guard en suite, compressed bifurcated pommel chiselled in relief on each side with fan-shaped fluting, and wooden grip bound with plain and twisted steel wire between plain steel collars and reinforced with recessed vertical steel straps, the symmetrical solid steel cup divided into four panels each within a raised border, the oval central panel cut with fan-shaped fluting in relief, the inner one plain, all the panels surmounted by flattened bars, the main ones rising to meet the knuckle-guard on the right side and the quillon on the left
98 cm. blade

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Acquired from the dealer Franssen, Amsterdam, December 1959

    Literature:
    Hoffmeyer, cat. no. 111, pp. 94 and 142, fig. 26
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