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  • Description

    Sword (transitional rapier) with a straight, slender, double-edged steel blade of diamond-section, a figure-of-eight guard lacking its shells. Part of the guard remains, comprising two short quillons and two short finger-loops. The grip is missing and there is a spherical pommel with tang-button. The whole object is extensively corroded and covered in black paint.


  • Date

    • 17thC(late)
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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 907 millimetres (Overall length)
    • Length: 755 millimetres (Blade length)
    • Weight: 406 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Object description by T.Richardson, Royal Armouries. November 2008.

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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  • Additional IDs

    • AL116/212 (Royal Armouries)


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Object reference number: MCT8398

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