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Rapier

Date:
ca. 1600
Geography:
possibly Saxony
Culture:
German, possibly Saxony
Medium:
Steel, gold, silver; iron wire, wood
Dimensions:
L. 50 in. (127 cm); W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm); L. of blade 44 3/16 in. (112.2 cm); W. of blade 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm); D. of blade 0 3/16 in. (0.5 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 9 oz. (1162 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.1201
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
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
Ex coll.: della Rovere, Venice ?
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