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Fine Dutch Rapier, ca. 1630
Symmetrical steel hilt featuring flower petal shaped dish guard with six sections, each filled with a fine pierced plate (one with small damage, see photo). Quillons with large scroll finials and a pair of diagonal bars connecting to the dish guard; long fluted quillon block; fluted ovoid pommel with button; spiral grip with original twisted iron wire wrap. Unmarked slender 38 ½" diamond-section blade. Even dark brown patina. Blade with light salt-and-pepper pitting. Overall length 47". A nearly identical rapier is in the Wallace Collection, inventory #A676.
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