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AN ENGLISH RAPIER

CIRCA 1640

With tapering double-edged blade with central fuller on each face of the forte stamped 'Ivann de...'(?), iron hilt comprising a shallow circular shell with upcurved sides, below a pair of oval side-rings each with a double vase-shaped central feature, short quillons with bud-shaped terminals, slender knuckle-guard with similar central feature, linked to the side-rings by a pair of S-scrolls, pommel of compressed vase shape, chiselled throughout with a design of foliage involving strawberries on the shell, and later wooden grip
38in. (96.5cm.) blade
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