Composite Rapier (Viennese Royal Armoury A572, Wallace Collection A624)
This sidesword is a composite of a reproduction blade of object A572 in the Viennese Royal Armoury (Hofjagd- und Rüstkammer) and a modified version of the hilt of object A624 from the Wallace Collection, London.
This beautiful specimen has a solid rectangular ricasso, a hexagonal blade with two fullers, decorated with perforations. The fuller inscription and bladesmith’s mark identifies its maker as Juan Martin[ez] of Toledo…1
The original sword is located in the depot of the Viennese Royal Armoury (Hofjagd- und Rüstkammer)
The reproduction of the blade is as close to the original as possible, yet blunt for sparring use. The fuller inscription modified: ·V·E·L··I·S·· ·N·O· / ·L·I·S··V·E··+·+· / ···D···O···M··· / ···D···O···M···.
Spherical pommel, with burron; oval, wire-bound grip; single curving quillon, alos bent forward; pas d’âne, knuckle-guard, joined to the pas d’âne by a prominent diagonal loop. From one end of the pas d’âne projects a short bar, ending like the quillon in monster’s head; the entire hilt is of blackened steel chiselled in relief with foliage… 2
The original is on display in the Wallace Collection, London (Object A624).
The reproduction of the hilt is stilistically close to the original, yet modified heavily. A rear guard has been added and the hilt is mirrored to suit a left-handed fencer.
- Overall length: 1195mm
- Blade length: 1060mm
- Blade width at base: 26mm
- Crossguard length: 145mm
- Point of balance: 138mm
- Weight: 1290g
All images © Stefan Feichtinger, if not otherwise noted.
- 1.Fortner F, Schrattenecker J. A Comparison of Late 16th to Early 17th Century Rapiers with Modern Reproductions. De Lo Schermo. http://www.rapier.at/2015/10/28/a-comparison-of-late-16th-to-early-17th-century-rapiers-with-modern-reproductions/. Published 2015. Accessed 2020.
- 2.Mann J. European Arms and Armour Volume II. London: William Clowes and Sons; 1962.