Blade by Clemens Hartkopf German
Not on view
This rapier is typical of the weapons that Valentin de Boulogne, the seventeenth-century painter, would have seen around him as a youth in France and during his maturity in Rome. Since rapiers were worn regularly by nobles, gentlemen, and professional soldiers as part of their daily dress and not only in battle, the swirling bars that make up the guard of a rapier hilt are designed to protect a gloved or bare hand.
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