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Italian Rapier with Unusual Damascus Blade, First Half 17th C
Deep shell guard with engraved flower petal design with scalloped edges, pierced with numerous round holes accenting the decor. Small scalloped and pierced guardopolvo at the base of the shell on the inside and scalloped iron blade washer on the outside. Intricate pattern of square-section bars projecting from the base of the shell on each side and connecting with the rams-head scrolled quillons on one side and the knuckle bow on the other. Two small tight breaks in the side bars and old pinned repair to the knuckle guard. Tapering fluted cylindrical pommel with button; spiral-shaped grip with twisted iron wire wrap and ferrules top and bottom. Unusual unmarked double edged 34" damascus blade with offset ridge and flat ricasso, showing fine laminar pattern. Unusual style rapier of good quality with very fine blade. Overall length 42 3/4".
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