Artifact of the Day

1979.04.06

Basket-hilted rapier

Germany (perhaps Solingen) (1575-1650)

Narrow, fullered thrusting blade with long ricasso. Openwork, symmetrical basket hilt of iron bars. All are flattish, with oval swellings having lobed, leaf-like edges (significant losses on many), at the bars' mid-length. The crossguards are flat, turned slightly towards the blade, with rather lozenge terminals. Restored wire-wrapped wooden grip with Turk's heads at the ends. The globose pommel with button is writhen in a manner resembling a turban.