Carried as a personal weapon by the bodyguard of Christian I (1586-1591), Elector of Saxony. The hilt was probably constructed in Dresden. The blade has the Milan town mark on the original, but this is fairly certain to be a German forgery.
Though called a rapier by the maker, the blade is wider at the hilt than most rapiers and could be classified as a broadsword blade. Extremely heavy rapiers such as this were often used as cavalry side arms.
The hilt is finished with a wavy chiseled pattern in blackened steel. The fore ring is filled with a pierced plate. The grip is wire bound.
This matched set has a black leather scabbard and matching parrying dagger with by-knife.