- Dated: first half of the 17th century
- Measurements: Overall length 126.2 cm, blade 108.2 cm
The distinctive hilt identifiable as Norman Type 25, finely forged of round-section bars, the termini set with crosses of pattée form. The distinctive bifurcated pommel possibly for use as a musket-rest.
The wooden grip retains its leather covering and woven brass turk’s head knots. The long, narrow double-edged blade forged with a rectangular forte and pronounced central ridge for 2/3rds of its length, becoming lenticular in its final third.
There are other 76 rapiers of quite similar form that are preserved in the Rustkammer at Schloss Ambras, Innsbruck. For this particular reason, AVB Norman believed they belonged to a particular guard company.
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