The form of this hilt is similar to that of some Saxon rapiers. The decoration, featuring delicate tendrils in gold and silver wire, is extremely unusual.
Inscription: (on either side of ricasso) [see cards for ill.] Inscribed: (stamped on reverse side of blade) DEH ORT VNO (on obverse sIde) DE AGV IRE (on anterior edge of ricasso) ESPADAR[O] (on posterior edsge of ricasso) DEL REI
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Boeheim, Wendelin. Meister der waffenschmiedkunst vom XIV bis ins XVIII jahrhundert.... Berlin: W. Moeser, 1897. pp.1–3.
Norman, A. V. B., and C. M. Barne. The Rapier and Small-Sword, 1460–1820. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1980. pp. 85–87.