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Transitional Rapier

A work made of steel, iron, silver, copper, wood.
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  • A work made of steel, iron, silver, copper, wood.

Date:

c. 1660

Artist:

Northern European, probably English

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Transitional Rapier

Origin

Europe, northern

Date

Made 1650–1670

Medium

Steel, iron, silver, copper, wood

Dimensions

Overall L. 108.5 cm (42 3/4 in.) Blade L. 91.5 cm (36 in.) Wt. 1 lb. 4 oz.

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.3332

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