Object Title

Rapier

Rapier

Date

1620-1630

Object Number

IX.883

Physical Description

Steel hilt, now bright, consisting of pommel, knuckle-bow, ring-guard, cup and quillons. The portrait heads appear on several parts of the hilt in relief. Traces of gilding remain. Wooden grip bound with copper wire and steel ribbon. Straight blade of flattened diamond section changing to diamond section toward the point. The name of the maker is incised in a groove at the forte.

Materials

Dimensions

BladeLength983 mm
SwordOverall length1181 mm
SwordWeight1020 g

Inscriptions and Marks

makers name
VICENCIO GIMAM

Associations

Places England
Italy

Notes

This hilt type, and its various sub-types, can be dated to c.1635-50. The decoration, when present, is almost always in relief. See Norman, A.V.B. 1980. The Rapier and the Small Sword. pp.162-163 and See Blackmore, D. 1990. Arms and Armour of the English Civil War. p.35 Fig.47
Vicencio Gihami was a sword furbisher at Gromo, northern Italy. Another sword bearering the signature GINAM is in the Museo Nazionale Florence.