Rapier with Spanish blade

The rapier was both a stylish accessory and weapon of self-defence used by civilian and military gentlemen through out the 16th and 17th century. This rapier has a knuckleguard covering the ricasso of the blade - an area often 'pinched' by the wielder for extra control - to offer protection for an unarmoured hand.   The hilt of this rapier features a delicate foliate pattern against blackened steel. The blade is inscribed with 'Valencia me fecit', meaning the blade was made in the Spanish city of Valencia.
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East Ayrshire Council
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