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Rapier

Period:
16th Century
Description:
This rapier uses a variety of decoration on it's hilt.  The grip is bound in silver wire and twisted copper ribbon, while the pommel is of blackened steel chiseled in the form of a bearded man with a plumed helmet.  This head motif is repeated in the quillion and guard ends.  The anneau (the ring extending from the crossbar) is decorated with floral silver applique patterns and is chiseled with the figure of a horseman.  The blade carries a monogram "The Running Wolf" inlaid in brass.
Place of Production:
possibly Italy.
Materials/Media:
steel, silver applique, silver wire, copper ribbon, brass inlay
Dimensions:
blade 935mm, hilt 204mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
MA/S21
Digital Number:
EAAM082a, b
Creation Date:
circa 1570
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


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