Exceptional Gilded North Italian Rapier, ca. 1630


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Elaborate cup guard formed of flattened bars in hollow flower-petal shape; each of the 6
petals filled with a gilded panel of chiseled acanthus with flattened spiral finials.
Vertically recurved quillons with gilded flattened spiral finials; large pas d’ane. Long
faceted ovoid pommel with button and matching central gilded spiral panel. Grip
wrapped with twisted iron wire in spiral shape with turks heads top and bottom. 44″
diamond-section blade featuring gilt ricasso with double line borders and indistinct mark.
Rare and elegant style rapier of large proportions, all original and matching in very good
condition and retaining approx. 70% of its original gilding. Two rapiers, likely by the
same maker, bearing finials of similar form and long looping recurved quillons are
featured in Eric Valentine’s “Rapiers” (one of which is the cover illustration).
Neither is gilded or as fine as this example. Overall length 52″.