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    Exquisite 17th C Gold and Silver Damascened Rapier with Provenance

    Exquisite 17th C Gold and Silver Damascened Rapier with Provenance

    $29,995

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    About this item

    Dating from the early 17th C and coming from the famous collection of Count Dimitri de
    Nesselrode (1816-1891) of Chateau de Tzarevtchina, this is one of the finest rapiers to
    have come on the market in the last hundred years.  After the count’s death it was
    illustrated in the 1904 catalog of his collection.  It came up for auction on 18 March, 1918
    at S.E. Kennedy, Christie, Manson & Woods in London, Lot 79, where it sold for 520 British
    Pounds, more than the average annual earnings of British workers at the time.  It was later
    on the cover of the 15 December, 2004 Sotheby’s Antique Arms, Armour, and Militaria sale
    catalog, and sold in that auction for 22,000 GBP plus premium, the equivalent to over
    $50,000 USD at the time. The rapier features a 40 1/2" tapering double-edged blade of
    flattened hexagonal section with slightly tapered rectangular ricasso struck on each side
    with a cross mark between stars; central fuller on both sides with incised latten-filled
    running wolf mark on one side.   Blackened steel hilt of flattened bars comprising down-
    curved rear quillon, knuckle guard, and outer ring guard joined diagonally to a large pas
    d’ane with small inner ring from which extends a pair of up-curved bars on the outside; all
    with pierced terminals and chiselled ropework borders enclosing silver-encrusted punched
    scrollwork and pellets enriched with ovoidal and diamond-shaped panels within ropework
    borders enclosing gold-damascened florets and foliage.  Reverse with plain looping round-
    section bars crossing each other and joining the lower terminal of the pas d’ane.  Large
    globular pommel with turned button, decorated ensuite.  Original spiral grip bound with
    copper ribbon and twisted silver wire between silver Turk's heads.  Excellent condition
    overall with one small chip in the blade.  Overall length 47 1/4" .  This exceptional rapier
    would be a centerpiece in any private or museum collection.

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    Additional Information

    Code

    ?SR1851 (MZ-40587)

    Period

    17th Century

    Nationality

    German

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