Object Title

Rapier

Rapier

Date

1630-1650

Object Number

IX.66

Provenance

Not recorded in inventory. Presumably Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

Bright steel hilt consisting of a hollow ovoid pommel pierced in looped straps: wooden grip bound with copper wire. From a small, fluted shell-guard a number of vertical members form a cup of inter-twined and looping straps. Short quillons with closely curled terminals. Straight two-edged blade of flattened diamond section, etched in a shallow fuller at the forte, on one face 'ME FECIT IHS SOLINGEN' and on the other: 'SOLI DEO IHS GLORIA'.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1067 mm (42 in), length of blade: 861 mm (33.9 in) Weight: 1 lb 8 oz

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