Sword, Rapier with shell hilt

Aug 17, 2022. 12:52 UTC
Sword, Rapier with shell hilt
Angela
United States of America

Acquired from
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For sale
Maybe
Description

Blade is 21" long. Cannot find any markings because the sword is so old. This was donated item from Estate sale. We believe it is Spanish, 18th century

Dimensions

Blade 21" long counting hilt, approx 28 to 30"

Provenance

unknown

Answered within about 21 hours
Aug 18, 10:07 UTC
By David U.

Fair Market Value

$1,000 - $1,500 USD

Insurance Value

$0 USD
What does this mean?

Hello Angela,

This is a 18th Century, handcrafted in carbon steel with an antiqued finish. It is important to note that, at least in the 18th century, rapiers were not used only for thrusting with the point, but they also had a sharp, narrow, blade. In 18th-century Spain, swords were intended for use in duelling and as an accessory, but only for civilians or soldiers in civilian dress.

These swords were extremely effective in blocking cuts but sometimes the point of the rival's sword could slip between the loops in the guard and injure the wielder’s hand. Therefore, thick leather gloves were used when fighting with them. The elegance, balance and beauty of these hilts is incomparable, a model of Renaissance art.

Fair condition

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