Fine Antique Arms & Armour

North European Rapier Dating To Circa 1600 Ref: 035.16


Price: £2,975

Item Description:


A North European Rapier dating to the end of the 16th or early 17th centuries. The hilt consists of a flattened bar structure mounted with two vertically counter curved quillons swelling slightly towards the ends and engraved with diagonal lines on the outer face. A ring guard is decorated in similar manner with a shaped recess in its outermost part. Two pas d'ane rings extend below the cross guard onto which on the inner side a thumb guard ring is attached and on the outer side a convex clamshell guard is mounted and decorated with radiating ridges and a series of crescents to the edge.


The solid pommel of flattened oval shape is mounted with an integral button on top and a waisted flared neck beneath. The outer face is also decorated with diagonal lines similar to the decoration on the bars of the hilt. The shaped wooden grip is cut with decorative grooves into which its twisted brass wire binding is depressed to match the contours giving a pleasing and elegant appearance to the hilt. Turks Heads are mounted top and bottom.


The tapering blade has a ricasso which extends from the hilt for the length of the pas d'ane rings. A central fuller extends from the hilt for 10.5 inches (27 cm) either side and tapers to a point after which the blade is of flattened hexagonal section. Inside the fuller either side a bladesmith's mark is present in the form of an incised running wolf which retains elements of copper inlay. The blade length is 38.5 inches (98 cm) and the overall length is 45.25 inches (115 cm).


A rapier of exactly the same proportions and style is illustrated and described in "The Price Guide to Antique Edged Weapons", Leslie Southwick, Antique Collectors' Club, 1982, page 34, fig 61.

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