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    Fine and Unique Chiseled European Rapier, First Half 17th C

    Fine and Unique Chiseled European Rapier, First Half 17th C

    $14,995

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    About this item

    Featuring slender tapering 40" blade of flattened hexagonal section with long flat ricasso
    stamped with crowned “S”  bladesmith's mark on each side, (indistinct on one side); short
    central fuller on each side with line engraved and dotted borders and incised with
    'I.O.H.A.N.I.' and stamped anchor mark on both sides .  Hilt of slender bars of reeded
    diamond-section retaining traces of punched and incised decoration and comprising down-
    curved quillon with large chiseled foliate terminal carrying an openwork oval pierced with
    symmetrical scrollwork on both sides within punched borders and with bud-shaped tip
    chiseled with foliage.  Large obverse side-ring, tapering knuckle-guard screwed to the
    pommel, all chiseled en suite; obverse with down-bent shell-guard extending from the
    quillon block and pierced with engraved symmetrical scrollwork.  Triangular quillon block
    engraved with devil face.  Vertically-ribbed grip bound with twisted iron wire between Turk's
    heads.  Very good condition with some wear and light pitting commensurate with age.
    Overall length 46 5/8".  

    Provenance:
    Thomas Del Mar, Ltd. in association with Sotheby's, Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria, 26
    June 2007, lot 155, sold for 10,000 British Pounds plus premium (about $24,000 USD at
    the time).  At a time of rapid inflation it is quite a bargain to obtain a rare work of art like this
    at considerably less than it sold for more than 15 years ago.

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    Additional Information

    Code

    SR1852 (MZ-40588)

    Period

    17th Century

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