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Dean Castle Arms and Armour


Swept hilt rapier 2

17th Century


As the rapier became the gentleman's choice of fashion accessory and status symbol, the swept hilt rapier became the most common form found on the weapon between c. 1570 and c. 1630. This form of hilt incorporates a complex series of bars with a knuckleguard, arms, side rings and quillon. This would have provided both a protective and decorative function by covering the sword-wielding hand during a duel while also showcasing the skill of the maker.


This blade is mounted on an ornate swept hilt, decorated with a golden foliage design on its pommel, arms, quillon and knuckleguard. The fuller of the blade is inscribed with lettering, and its foible bears an inscription which may be the maker's mark.

Place of Production:
Likely Italy
Approx. 121cm long
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
East Ayrshire Council

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