A Swept-Hilt Rapier With Pierced And Chiselled Hilt In Early 17th Century Style

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Lot 118
A Swept-Hilt Rapier With Pierced And Chiselled Hilt In Early 17th Century Style
The Blade Early 17th Century

Sold for £ 1,625 (US$ 2,168) inc. premium
A Swept-Hilt Rapier With Pierced And Chiselled Hilt In Early 17th Century Style
The Blade Early 17th Century
With tapering double-edged blade (worn and pitted overall) with double central fuller on each side of the forte stamped with indistinct bladesmith's name 'Johaunes...' between x marks, slightly hollowed rectangular ricasso struck on each side with an indistinct circular bladesmith's mark, iron hilt comprising guard of flattened bars with two side-rings on the outside, inner-guard of three diagonal bars merging into one, downcurved rear quillon with flat ovoidal terminal, knuckle-guard en suite, the terminals and central ovoidal panels on the side-rings all supported on pairs of pierced and chiselled foliate scrolls, the terminals and panels chiselled on the outside with equestrian combat scenes and single figures in relief, the remaining surfaces, except the inner bars, chiselled with conventional foliage centred on a moustachioed human face on the inside, barrel-shaped pommel encircled by a central band chiselled with an equestrian battle scene with pierced and chiselled foliage above and below, chiselled button, and swelling grip bound with twisted iron wire between Turk's heads
108 cm. blade
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