A VERY RARE ENGLISH TRANSITIONAL RAPIER WITH BRASS HILT DECORATED WITH PORTRAIT BUSTS OF WILLIAM AND

  • A VERY RARE ENGLISH TRANSITIONAL RAPIER WITH BRASS HILT DECORATED WITH PORTRAIT BUSTS OF WILLIAM AND Image
  • A VERY RARE ENGLISH TRANSITIONAL RAPIER WITH BRASS HILT DECORATED WITH PORTRAIT BUSTS OF WILLIAM AND Image
  • A VERY RARE ENGLISH TRANSITIONAL RAPIER WITH BRASS HILT DECORATED WITH PORTRAIT BUSTS OF WILLIAM AND Image

Lot 118

A VERY RARE ENGLISH TRANSITIONAL RAPIER WITH BRASS HILT DECORATED WITH PORTRAIT BUSTS OF WILLIAM AND MARY, CIRCA 1690 with straight double-edged blade cut with a running wolf mark and stamped with the inscription 'SAHAGVM' within a short fuller on each side at the forte (pitting), brass hilt comprising short down-curved quillon with flattened globular terminal, inner and outer ring-guards each interrupted by a central moulding and filled with a sprung-in plate, the plates each chiselled with a religious scene on the outer face and a mounted figure inside, retaining traces of gilding and black paint probably for funerary purposes, knuckle-guard interrupted by a foliate moulding and joined to the rings by an additional bar front and back, and spherical pommel chiselled against a matted ground with the crowned Royal monograms 'WR' and 'MR' on the front and the back, each divided by the respective crowned portrait busts and contained within a beadwork frame, and the grip retaining its original spiral binding of alternating thicknesses of plaited brass wire 81.4cm; 32in blade The decoration of the pommel is notably rare: it would appear that this sword is the only example of its type extant. A sword with a hilt of similar form inscribed 'God save King William and Queen Mary' is preserved in the Royal Armouries, Leeds. See A. R. Dufty 1974, p. 25 and pl. 50.