An English Civil War Period Military Rapier mounted with a stiff, tapering, lenticular section blade with a pronounced deep central fuller extending from the hilt either side. The fuller has the remains of the letters AIALA with crosses and dots each side. A foul anchor mark is present beyond the fuller each side.
The curved shell guard is chiselled with arches, panels and scrolls with a central roundel to the front, strengthened with supporting scrolled guard bars with knops and a knuckle bow, the terminal of which is screwed into the front of the pommel. The whole shell of the guard is profusely pierced with dot designs and the outer edges are scalloped. The pommel is vertically fluted with a double integral button.
For similar rapiers see Stuart C Mowbray, British Military Swords, Mowbray Publishers, 2013, pages 255, 256, 265 & 269.
Blade Length: 33 inches (83.82 cm)
Overall Length: 40 Inches (102 cm)