Fine Antique Arms & Armour

Late 17th Century Spanish Cup-Hilt Rapier Ref: 071.16


Price: £2,850

Item Description:


An attractive Spanish Cup-Hilt Rapier with Chiselled iron hilt dating to the late 17th century. The deep cup guard is shaped as two convex clams supported at the brims with two rounded bars which conjoin with the knuckle bow to the front and rear quillon to the back. The long horizontal quillons stretch for 11.75 inches (just under 30 cm) and lie across the cup guard. The quillons have moulded terminals similar to the terminal of the knuckle bow which extends in an attractive semi-circular curve from the quillon block to the bun-shaped pommel which is mounted with an integral ribbed neck and ribbed pommel button.


The grip end of the blade passes through an aperture in the centre of the cup hilt to form an oblong shaped ricasso secured as it passes through an aperture at the centre of the cross guard by downward pointing short langets. Pas d'ane rings emanate either side of the aperture from the quillons to join the cup guard at the base of two grooves either side of the clams to further secure the blade.


The outside of the cup guard is boldly decorated with a band of chiselled floral designs of similar style to the band of chiselled foliage which surrounds the pommel button. Below this feature, each side, two panels chiselled as scallops are formed, bordered front and back by vertical panels of chiselled scrolled designs. The baluster shaped wooden grip has an iron ferrule mounted top and bottom and is bound with alternating twisted bands of copper and silver coloured wire.


A distinctive feature of this sword is the high-quality blade. Manufactured in diamond section from hilt to tip, cut into the blade, either side, is a deep fuller extending for 6 inches (15cm) from the hilt into which is cut the marks of the blade maker: XX HEINRICH XX COEL XX MEFECIT XX on one side and: XX HEINRICH XX COEL XX SOLINGEN XX. After the end of each fuller into the ridge of the diamond section a small anchor-like mark is present either side.


The blade retains its full original length of 38.75 inches (98 cm). Overall the rapier is well balanced in hand and in attractive condition. The metal is in good order. The overall length is 46 inches (117 cm). To request high resolution photographs of the hilt and blade engraving please contact us through the the link below:


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