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AN ENGLISH TRANSITIONAL RAPIER

CIRCA 1660

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AN ENGLISH TRANSITIONAL RAPIER
Circa 1660
With slender tapering blade of flattened diamond section with a deep fuller on each face of the forte stamped respectively 'SEBASTIANO HEINANDZ (sic)', and 'EN TOLEDO', the steel hilt comprising a small cup guard formed of two asymetrical upturned shells, coarsely pierced and chiselled with scrolling foliage inhabited by winged demi-figures and framing cartouches with relief profile heads, arms and short vertically recurved quillons with disc terminals chiselled with profile heads, flattened ovoidal pommel chiselled with full-face female heads, and wooden grip spirally bound with three different types of iron wire
33in. (83.8cm.)
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Lot Essay

The decoration of the hilt is reminiscent of that found on many English so-called 'mortuary' swords
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