- Dated: circa 1530-50
- Culture: Italian or Spanish
- Measurements: Blade 94.7 cm. Overall length 107 cm
The sword has a heavy double-edged blade of flattened hexagonal section coming to a short point (associated), formed with a ricasso and cut with a group of small marks capping. There is a pair of narrow fullers on both sides at the forte, iron proto-rapier hilt formed into a pair of quillons with horizontally recurved fishtail terminals. These are cut with a prominent ridge over their respective outer sides. The weapon also features a pair of faceted arms carrying at their head an inverted U-shaped bar ridged en suite with the quillon terminals (broken at one joint).
It has a globular pommel with medial ridge and flattened centres, the outer face deeply incised with a stylised shell. Also comes with a later moulded wire-bound grip, a wooden scabbard with shaped throat covered in modern green velvet and fitted with iron chape with modern leather belt. The hilt is a variation of the Type 16 discussed in A.V.B. Norman, The Rapier and Small-Sword 1460-1820, London 1980, pp. 80-82. A sword with a very closely comparable hilt is alternatively given a Spanish late 15th century attribution by Oakeshott.
Source: © Hermann Historica