German hunting saber with engravings, c. 1560s–1570s.

March 12, 2024

The blade is decorated with a portrait of Emperor Ferdinand II (1578–1637).

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The rapier was the principal civilian sidearm throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Designed for cut-and-thrust fencing of progressively complex techniques, the rapier is characterized by a double-edged blade with an acute point and an elaborate guard for the hand. The guards, usually of iron or steel, were subject to a variety of embellishment. They were engraved, chiseled, gilded, damascened, and encrusted in gold and silver in keeping with fashionable styles.

Hunting sabre (93 cm: cast, forged, etched and engraved), Germany 1560-1570[3307x2435]  : r/ArtefactPorn

Unless otherwise noted, the materials, attributions, and dating given here refer to the hilts. Rapier blades, invariably of steel, bear a variety of maker’s marks denoting their origin in the two principal centers of blademaking, Toledo in Spain and Solingen in Germany.

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