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Cup-Hilted Rapier

Bladesmith:
Johann Bongen (German, Solingen, active 17th century)
Date:
ca. 1650–75
Geography:
probably Naples
Culture:
Italian, probably Naples
Medium:
Steel, iron, wood
Dimensions:
L. 47 1/2 in. (120.7 cm); L. of blade 40 1/8 in. (101.9 cm); W. 11 3/4 in. (29.9 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 1 oz. (935.5 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.13
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
Inscription: (on both sides of ricasso) see cards for ill.
Inscribed: (on blade in groove, obverse) xx IOHANIS x BONGEN xx (reverse) xx IHN xx SOLINGEN xx
Ex coll.: Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Paris
Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet D'armes De Maurice De Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc De Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. This rapier called Spanish or Neapolitan, first half XVII century.

Norman, A. V. B. The Rapier and Small-Sword, 1460–1820. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1980. pp.156-157.



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