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Rapiers

Shell guard damascene rapier

Description:

Early Modern shell guard rapier with an exquisite gold damascene hilt. The shell guard features gilded diamond-shaped ornaments and the perfume bottle pommel is decorated with delicate scrolling flourishes. 

 

The rapier was first developed in the 16th century, and by the end of the century the name and design of a rapier came to mean a civilian cut-and-thrust weapon that was lighter than large arming swords. As well as a weapon, it was worn as a fashion accessory and to denote status and wealth.

Place of Production:
Italy
Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000149
Creation Date:
Late 16th to mid 17th century
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


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