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Rapier: HEN.M.215-1933

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Rapier. Fig-shaped pommel, vertically fluted with eight panels, the whole cut into a reeded pattern. Large button, which shows clearly that the pommel has been removed and the hilt dismounted in recent times. The pommel does not belong to the rest of the hilt.
Spirally-fluted grip, bound with twisted wire, finished with plain steel collars at top and bottom. These may be modern. Guards, all of flat oval section, consist of a knuckle-guard and two guard-rings (the upper one joined to the knuckle-guard are flattened, widened and turned over in strong scrolls). The back of the hilt is a mirror-image of the front. Long narrow blade of strong diamond section, the faces hollowed; there is a neat shoulder at the point where the blade enters the hilt between the shells. The mid-rib of the blade is flattened below the shoulder for 2.0 cm (3/4").
Norman, type ..? 62 (variant). Pommel, type 74.

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J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 138.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart


17th Century, Mid#
Circa 1620 - 1630


Western European

Components of the work

Grip composed of wire ( twisted)
Sword composed of steel
Blade Length 115.0 cm
Hilt Length 23.5 cm
Quillons Width 24.4 cm
Grip And Pommel

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 215H
  • Type: Tag

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.215-1933
Primary reference Number: 18935
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 11 January 2016 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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