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ca. 1600
possibly Saxony
German, possibly Saxony
Steel, gold, silver, iron, wood
L. 50 in. (127 cm); L. of blade 44 3/16 in. (112.2 cm); W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 9 oz. (1162 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
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
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Boeheim, Wendelin. Meister der Waffenschmiedekunst vom XIV. bis ins XVIII. Jahrhundert. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Kunst und des Kunsthandwerks. Berlin: W. Moeser, 1897. pp. 1–3 (bladesmith Hortuno de Aquirre discussed).

Norman, A. V. B., and C. M. Barne. The Rapier and Small-Sword, 1460–1820. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1980. pp. 85–87.

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