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Item #31438

17th Century Ring-Hilt Rapier (Possibly German)

  • Price: $2,995.00
  • Maker: German
  • Model: Sword
  • Caliber:

  • Description: This is a handsome and imposing weapon that measures 47 3/8 overall with a 38 1/2 straight, double-edged balde having narrow central fullers. This is a hybrid style that combines some of the design elements of the earlier swept-hilt rapier with the later cup-hilt version. The blade has an overall dark gray patina mottled with spots of dark freckling throughout along with a few small nicks along either edge. The blade transitions to an elongated pas d'ane flanked by symmetrical scallop shell guards and elaborate guard composed of two sets of five offset rings that sweep into a gracefully curved knucklebow, and S type swept quillons. The scallop shell guards are original, but are held in place by fairly modern slot-head screws. The grip has an intact, but slightly loose, braided wire wrap, and terminates in a bulbous pommel with exposed capstan rivet. The pommel is also slightly loose and rotates easily around the tang. There are no maker markings present on the blade, but it is very similar to period examples known to have been made in what is now Germany. Regardless, this is a very handsome rapier and would make a excellent weapon for display.