A Superb Swept-Hilt Rapier

A Swept-Hilt Rapier, 17th Century.
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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. 


Notes: 

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. 


Dimensions:

Blade Length: 41 Inches (104 cm)

Overall Length: 47 Inches (119.35 cm)

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