A scarce and good quality English Civil War period rapier.
A scarce and good quality English Civil War period rapier. The blade of flattened diamond section is struck at the forte with the maker's mark of a King's head, and within each of the 2 pairs of short fullers "… GIVLIAM … ---- …" (the second word is indistinct). The shell guards have finely pierced plates and a scrolled lug projecting from the edge of the side rings. The pommel, quillon terminals, knucklebow and sidering devices are all swollen and writhen, the quillon block is diagonally fluted and the knucklebow which is supported by 2 scrolled sidebars screws to the pommel. The knucklebow and supporting side bars are punctuated with pairs of acanthus calyxes. The wooden grip retains some original leather covering.
Blade length 38½" (97.8cms) Overall length 45¼ (115cms)
for a very closely related hilt fitted with a Hounslow smith's blade see A.R. Dufty "European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London" H.M.S.O. 1974, Pl.28c, described as English c 1635