Object Title

Rapier

Rapier

Date

1600-1630

Object Number

IX.111

Provenance

Possibly originally from the old armoury of the Knights of St. John, Malta

Physical Description

With Maltese cross on the blade. Holt as IX.108 [replace with description and Norman typology number] but with a round pommel [Norman Type XX] wityh hight tang-button, both quilons restored, September 1946. Modern brass-wire bound grip. The flat hexagonal section long straight double-edged blade bears the inscription, punched into the fuller, 'IN TE DOMINE' on one side of the blade and 'SPERAVIT' on the other.

Materials

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1359 mm (53 1/2 in.), Blade length: 1197 mm (47 1/4 in.) Weight: 1310 g (2 lb 14 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

A Maltese cross is punched on the ricasso on both sides of the blade.

Bibliographic References

M. Ajmar-Wollheim, F. Dennis and E. Miller, At home in the renaissance, (exhib cat.), London, V & A Publication, 2006, pp. 23 (col. illus. - full length), 352, cat. no. 6.

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, p. 110 (col. illus., right).

Notes

For further information on the Maltese cross mark and for other examples, see entry for IX.110. For the blade inscription, compare IX.636, IX.637).