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Rapier

Bladesmith:
Andreas Munsten, German, Solingen, active ca. 1600, or Peter Munsten (German, Solingen, mentioned 1591–1627)
Date:
ca. 1620–30
Culture:
hilt, Italian; blade, German
Medium:
Steel, gold, iron, wood
Dimensions:
L. 47 1/8 in. (119.7 cm); L. of blade 40 3/4 in. (103.5 cm); W. 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 6 oz. (1077 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
Inscription: (on each side of ricasso, probably the Moor's head of the Munsten family, Solingen); see cards for illus. (reverse side of ricasso) and (obverse side of ricasso)
Inscription: (on reverse side of blade) I V N I V M
(on obverse side of blade) I V N N I V M
Ex coll.: Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Paris
Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 15–March 18, 1953, no. 86.

San Francisco. Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 18, 1953–June 7, 1953, no. 86.

Pittsburgh. Department of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," October, 1953–April, 1954, no. 86.

Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet d'Armes de Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. p. 63, no. F. 30 .

Dean, Bashford, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogue of European Arms and Armor. Metropolitan Museum of Art Handbook, Vol. 15. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1905. p. 150.

Weyersberg, Albert. Solinger Schwertschmiede des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts und ihre Erzeungnisse. Solingen, Germany: Verein für Technik und Industrie, 1926. pp. 35–39, figs. 80, 81, 92, 93.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Loan Exhibition of Mediaeval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1953. p. 24, no. 86.

Boccia, Lionello G., and Eduardo T. Coelho. Armi Bianche Italiane. Milan: Bramante Editrice, 1975. p. 396, fig. 562.

Norman, A. V. B. The Rapier and Small-Sword, 1460–1820. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1980. p. 231 .

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