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Transitional Rapier

A work made of steel, iron, silver, copper, wood.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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


c. 1660


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.


On View, Gallery 239


Applied Arts of Europe


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.

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George F. Harding Collection

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