English Officer’s Rapier/Broadsword, ca. 1660
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About this item
Featuring double-edged 28" lens-section blade with 5 ½" central fuller stamped with
indistinct inscription, possibly “INRI”. Iron hilt featuring two side rings with double knob on
the edge and sprung with plates perforated with tiny diamond-shaped holes (one with small
damage). Knuckle bow extending between the side rings and joined to each with a pair of
looping bars with scrolled finials; single acorn-shaped quillon; fluted bun-shaped pommel
with small button. Grip with alternating flat and twisted iron wire wrap finished with turks
heads top and bottom. Overall length 33 1/4". Metal cleaned with blade showing
lamination, light pitting, and a few shallow edge nicks.