Lot Details
A Swept-Hilt Rapier
Early 17th Century, Probably Italian
With tapering flattened double-edged blade with a deep central fuller on each face of the forte struck with a series of indistinct capital letters, slightly hollowed ricasso, each face bordered by a single incised line and struck with a partly effaced bladesmith's mark, probably that of a member of the Picinnino family of Milan, iron hilt composed of rounded bars and comprising straight quillons swelling towards the tips, arms, four outer rings, the upper three converging before joining the rear quillon, the top most rising to meet the knuckle-guard at its swelling recurved tip, inner guard of three merging curved bars rising to join the knuckle-guard, heavy globular pommel, prominent compressed tang-button, and spirally fluted wooden grip bound with finely twisted steel wire between Turk's heads, most of the surfaces of the hilt chiselled in low relief with a running pattern of scrolling foliated tendrils, the background retaining traces of gilding (the knuckle-guard cracked at its base)
114 cm. blade

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Acquired from the dealer Castello, Copenhagen, April 1962

    Literature:
    Hoffmeyer, cat. no. 100, pp. 111, 132 and 136, figs. 28 and 35

    For the Picinino family of Milan, see Wallace Collection A540 and A629
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