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Rapier

Bladesmith:
Meves Berns (German, Solingen, active early 17th century)
Date:
ca. 1610–20
Culture:
German
Medium:
Steel, silver, copper
Dimensions:
L. 47 5/16 in. (120.2 cm); L. of blade 41 in. (104.1 cm); W. 8 11/16 in. (22.1 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 13 oz. (1275.7 g)
Classification:
Swords
Credit Line:
Bequest of Col. Wickliffe P. Draper, 1972
Accession Number:
1973.27.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 376
Inscription: Stag, contained within oval with pearled border, mark of Meves Berns of Solingen; Inscribed: (on each side of blade) I O H A N E S
Ex coll.: Theodore Offerman, NY
New York. Brooklyn Museum. "Loan Exhibition of European Arms and Armor," June 12–October 31, 1933, no. 156.

Seattle. Seattle Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 11–June 6, 1982.

Denver. Denver Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," July 18–October 10, 1982.

San Antonio. The Witte Memorial Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 13, 1982–February 5, 1983.

Minneapolis. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 24–July 31, 1983.

San Francisco. de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1983–January 28, 1984.

Detroit. Detroit Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 10, 1984–June 2, 1984.

Weyersberg, Albert. Solinger Schwertschmiede des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts und ihre Erzeungnisse. Solingen: Verein für Technik und Industrie, 1926. pp. 11–12, ill.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Loan Exhibition of European Arms and Armor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, August 3 to September 27, 1931. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1931. no. 156 .

Grancsay, Stephen V., and Brooklyn Museum. Loan Exhibition of European Arms and Armor. Brooklyn: Brooklyn Museum, June–August 1933. no. 80 .

Weyersberg, Albert. Zeitschrift für Historische Waffen- un Kostümkunde, Klingen mit der Inscrift Meves Perns (1933). pp. 137–138, no. F. 4(13).

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1965–1975. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975. p. 45.



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