A Swept-Hilt Rapier, 17th Century. With slender tapering blade of flattened hexagonal form cut with a shallow fuller and stamped with ‘IVAN MARTINEZ IN TOLEDO’ on one side and ‘INT C DOMINO EP RAVI’ and finished with a blade smiths mark on both sides. Swept iron hilt of slender iron bars, comprising vertically recurving quillons each with flattened tips, three outer rings each swelling at the centre en-suite with the quillon tips, the top ring joined by a curved bar to the knuckle guard, inner guard of four merging curved bars rising to join the forward quillon, wire bound grip with two Turks heads, ovoid pommel.
There is an example of an Ivan Martinez rapier in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle - (RCIN 62989) and mentions of his blades in:
Laking, G.F., 1904. The Armoury of Windsor Castle, London.
There are also examples of other Rapiers made by Martinez in the V&A Museum and the Wallace Collection.
Blade Length: 41 Inches (104 cm)
Overall Length: 47 Inches (119.35 cm)