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Fine German Transitional Rapier/Smallsword, 17th/18th C
Brass hilt featuring symmetrical bilobate shell guard, decorative pas d’ane, and squared knucklebow. Oblong pommel with flattened sides, featuring grotesque masks and human figures in relief. Fine spiral grip wrap of twisted iron and brass wire with braided turks heads top and bottom. Hexagonal-section 28 1/4" blade with ricasso marked with gilded Prussian Eagle and "BERLIN" on both sides, probably of the 18th C. The style of the knucklebow, pommel, and grip are typical of late 17th C transitional swords, but the shorter blade with gilt markings likely from the 18th C. Very attractive and fine quality sword. Overall length 35".
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