Object Title

Rapier

Rapier

Date

1630-1670

Object Number

IX.101

Physical Description

Steel hilt consisting of pommel with button; knuckle-guard, counter-guards; vertically recurved quillons; shallow lobed cup-guard. The cup is piercedcand chiselled with foliate patterns which incorporate apanel with three human figures and a portrait bust, possibly of Charles I, within a medallion, in low relief against agranular gilt ground. The medallion is repeated on the quillon terminals, knuckle-guard and the counter-guards. The original grip is bound with silver wire.
The straight blade is of flattened dismond-section and is engraved at the forte:'SAHAGVM' (Sahagum)

Materials

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1080 mm (42 1/2 in.), Blade length:910 mm (35 7/8 in.) Weight: 737g (1lb 10 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

The blade bears the engraved inscription 'SAHAGVM' (Sahagum)

Bibliographic References

Royal Armouries, Civil War: a Royal Armouries exhibition sponsored by the Times, Royal Armouries, London, 1992, p. 21, left col. illus, left; p. 32, no. 50 - 'English, mid-17th century'