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North European Transitional Rapier/Smallsword, ca. 1660
Showing the reduced hilt size and shortened blade which began evolving from the full sized rapier around the middle of the 17th C, this sword type is often called a "pillow sword" due to its small size and the thought that it could be kept under one’s pillow to protect against an intruder. It is doubtful, however, that this was commonly the case. The steel hilt has short down-turned lobed quillons, a single side ring, and an ovoid pommel with button; the whole being engraved ensuite with scrolling foliage. Spiral grip with twisted wire wrap and turks heads top and bottom. Unmarked 30" diamond-section blade, lightly pitted overall. Probably Dutch. Overall length 35 3/4".
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