Cup hilt rapier 3

The cup hilt rapier continued to be carried by civilians in Italy and Spain until the end of the 18th century. This 17th century rapier features an ornately decorated hilt with gilded accents and pierced elements. The pommel, cup, and crossguard terminals have Classical figures chiselled onto the metalwork and panels with foliate decoration. The wire-wrapped grip is figured in a helix formation with sailor's knot braiding at the top and bottom. The blade is undecorated. It has a fuller in the top section of its length and a small maker's mark etched below this upper channel.
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Italy or Spain
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L: 128cm
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East Ayrshire Council
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