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ca. 1600–1620
possibly Munich
German, possibly Munich
Steel, gold, wood, copper
L. 49 5/16 in. (125.3 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 13 oz. (1275.7 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
The hilt of this rapier is attributed to Munich, where master steel chiselers Daniel and Emmanuel Sadeler and Caspar Spӓt produced wheellock firearms with locks and barrels lavishly decorated in much the same style as this superb hilt.
Inscription: (on each face of ricasso) letter B crowned; (on one side of blade in groove) running wolf
Ex coll.: Meyrick; Lowengard; Carrand, Paris; Frédéric Spitzer, Paris; Charles Stein, Paris
Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 15–March 18, 1953.

San Francisco. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 18–June 7, 1953.

Maison Quantin. La collection Spitzer : antiquité--moyen-âge--renaissance. Vol. VI. Paris: Frédéric Spitzer, 1890–1893. p. 29, no. 126, pl. XXXIII, ill.

Galerie Georges Petit. Catalogue des Armes et Armures Faisant Partie de la Collection Spitzer. Paris: Galerie Georges Petit, June 10-14 1895. p. 41, no. 189.

Objets d'art et de haute curiositʹe. Paris: Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, June 8–10, 1899. pp. 43-44, no. 204, ill.

Dean, Bashford. Notes on Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916. pp.126–127, fig. 3, ill.

Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: Eine Kulturhistorische Waffenkunde Mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974. p. 169.

Norman, A. V. B., and C. M. Barne. The Rapier and Small-Sword, 1460–1820. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1980. pp. 131–132 .

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