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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 ½" double fullers; makers mark on each side with remains of brass filling (scattered light pitting and several shallow edge nicks). Overall length 48 ½". For similar example, see Fig. 17, "Rapiers", by Eric Valentine.
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