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Dean Castle Arms and Armour


Italian cup hilt rapier


The slender and sharply pointed rapier was a popular sidearm for civilians and in military use throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. The hilt of this rapier features pierced, interlocked circular design on its cup guard, a wire-wrapped grip, and spherical pommel.


Weapon bears the 'Passau wolf' mark. This mark on cut and thrust weapons originated in Passau, Germany, and later came to Solingen, where the running wolf design also became known as a 'Solingen mark'. Imported blades that were locally hilted was not uncommon practice in sword production.

Place of Production:
Italian hilt; German blade
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
East Ayrshire Council

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