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Italian 7-ring Rapier, ca. 1620

Steel hilt of round bars formed in concentric rings, the smaller with its opening covered with a pair of fluted pierced plates screwed to the junction. Straight quillons with expanded finials, joined with a bar connecting the uppermost ring and continuing on to the knucklebow. Spherical pommel with button, later twisted wire bound grip. Broad 40 1/4" double-edged hexagonal-section blade with 11 " double fullers; makers mark on each side with remains of brass filling (scattered light pitting and several shallow edge nicks). Overall length 48 ". For similar example, see Fig. 17, "Rapiers", by Eric Valentine.

SR1146 $3695

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