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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Rapiers

German rapier

Period:
16th Century
Description:

The rapier sword was both a stylish accessory and weapon of self-defence used by civilian and military gentlemen through out the 16th and 17th century. This rapier has several guards between the grip and the blade to protect an unarmoured users hand, making it as beautiful as it is functional. 


The hilt of this rapier would have once shone yellow with gold, but with age, the gilding has flaked off. The ricasso terminals and pommel feature little face hidden among foliate ornatmentation. Can you spot them?

Place of Production:
Germany
Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000142
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


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