A Fine North European Swept-Hilt Rapier
Lot 33
A Fine North European Swept-Hilt Rapier
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 12,598) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Fine North European Swept-Hilt Rapier
Circa 1610
With slender tapering double-edged blade of slightly hollowed flattened diamond section, ricasso of rectangular section narrowing towards the quillon-block and stamped on each side with the bladesmith's mark, a bow and arrow, symmetrical iron hilt of flattened ovoidal bars comprising straight quillons widening towards the tips, arms linked on the inner and outer side to two concentric side-rings, the upper one joined by a curved bar to the knuckle-guard and by an S-shaped bar to the lower one which is filled on each side by a plate pierced with stars, circles, and crosses, the knuckle-guard (cracked at its base) with ring finial, tall ovoidal pommel with prominent button, and spirally fluted wooden grip bound with straight and twisted brass wire between Turk's heads
100.8 cm. blade


  • Literature:
    Hoffmeyer, cat. no. 92, pp. 111, 129 and 130, figs. 28 and 33

    The bladesmith's mark on the ricasso is that of Johannes Keuller of Solingen, recorded in the early years of the 17th century. See Albert Weyersberg, Solinger Schwertschmiede des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts und ihre Erzeugnisse, 1926, p. 26, no. 53
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