About this artwork
Transitioning from the long-bladed rapier, the reduced blade length and smaller guard size of this sword anticipate later smallswords. Like the contemporary cup-hilted rapiers displayed to the left, this sword was designed for a fencing style that relied almost entirely on the point. Its blackened iron hilt is finely encrusted with silver portraits of ancient Roman emperors.
- Transitional Rapier
- Europe, northern
- Made 1650–1670
- Steel, iron, silver, copper, wood
- Overall L. 108.5 cm (42 3/4 in.) Blade L. 91.5 cm (36 in.) Wt. 1 lb. 4 oz.
- George F. Harding Collection