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Pappenheimer Rapier, Probably late 19th C
Steel hilt of typical Pappenheimer style composed of flat and rounded bars with a sprung-in plate in each of the lower side rings and pierced with a concentric hole pattern. Faceted pear-shaped pommel with button; spiral wood grip wrapped with twisted steel wire (slightly loose) and finished with braided brass turks heads top and bottom. Hilt with traces of original blackening. Straight 42 ½" lens-section blade deeply etched with foliage, knights in armor with stippled background, the coat of arms of the Holy Roman Empire, and the words "PRO+PATRIA+PRO+DEO" (For Country, For God) on each side. Long flat ricasso deeply stamped with a heart-shaped mark; the blade transitioning to diamond-section toward the lower part of the etching and continuing to the point. Well-balanced and fine quality throughout. Overall length 47".
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