20 September 2007
A COMPOSITE ITALIAN RAPIER
The blade circa 1600
With long slender blade of flattened-hexagonal section stamped with a series of letters and marks within the short fuller at the forte and cut back to form a ricasso, blackened iron swept-hilt of slender bars decorated over its principal surfaces with engraved scrollwork interspersed with encrusted silver pellets and small bars, oviform pommel decorated en suite with the guard, and wire-bound grip with 'Turk's heads'.
45in (114cm) blade
Marquis Panciatichi Ximenes. Galardelli e Mazzoni, Florence, April 3-16, 1902
Henry Griffith Keasbey, American Art Association, New York, December 5-6, 1924, lot 251, pl. XXIII.
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