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    North Italian Chiseled and Pierced Cuphilt Rapier, ca. 1660

    North Italian Chiseled and Pierced Cuphilt Rapier, ca. 1660

    $4,100 (approx conversion from £2995)

    Item details

    Hilt featuring large hemispherical cup guard with down-turned edge pierced and finely
    chiseled and embossed with classical foliate design.  Straight quillons with spiral twist and
    alternating grooved and acanthus bands, ending with button finials; the knuckle bow
    chiseled ensuite.  Chiseled shield-shaped quillon block with large pas d’ane riveted to the
    cup.  Made without guardapolvo.  Bun-shaped pommel with button, chiseled with matching
    foliate design.  Grip with twisted iron wire and finished with chiseled ferrules top and
    bottom.  Hollow-ground 37 ½" diamond-section blade with narrow 7" central fuller and long
    flat ricasso; lightly pitted with heavier pitting in the middle and toward the tip.  Hilt shows
    light pitting and all metal has assumed a matching gunmetal patina, with some old rust and
    dirt remaining in recesses in the design.  Overall length 43 1/4".

    17th Century, Stuart period


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