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Acquired by exchange from the Cuming Museum, Southwark (no. C.3542) in 1966 or 1967 (see 'Notes').

Physical Description

Steel hilt consisting of a cap pommel with rolled forward extension and indented lower edge, and prominent tang button; knuckle guard with central knob; outer shellguard, curved towards the blade; smaller inner shell-guard, turned towards the pommel; rear quillon, turned towards the blade and with a flattened mushroom-shaped terminal. The steel, now corroded to a black patination, is encrusted in silver dots within a trellis pattern. The wormed wooden grip, which lacks its covering, has a ferrule at the end nearer the blade, decorated en suite with the cap pommel.

Curved, single-edged blade with a false edge for approx. the last 4 in. (100 mm) two fullers of different widths, the narrower by the back.


HiltDepth90 mm
HiltWidth125 mm
BladeLength645 mm
BladeWidth32 mm
OverallLength724 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

On the blade, in the wider fuller on each face: a running wolf containing a small cross; further towards the tip, on the outside, 2 small crosses, and on the inside one small cross and remains of two others (drawing on Marks Cards in Curators' office).On the blade, on the narrower fuller, on each face, stamped: the remains of an inscription in upper case letters, that on the inside possibly ending in GEN of Solingen.


Bibliographic References

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, p. 117 (col. illus., 2nd from top).


This Inv. No. is included on a list (filed at the front of the first class IX IBE vol.) of class IX objects disposed of in November 1965: 'Cup-hilt Rapier, Broken hilt.'. See also entries for a 'rapier' under this number in Charles ffoulkes, 'Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London', 2 vols, London, 1916, II, p. 272. This rapier is presumably that shown in the old negative A4/137, captioned as 'IX.90'. Presumably this number was reallocated to the hanger after the disposal of the rapier (PJL, 14/08/1997).
The date of acquisition is given as 1966 in the IBE but a letter from Willaim Reid of 15/03/196'8' refers to its having been acquired 'last year' (i.e. 1967).