A VERY RARE ENGLISH TRANSITIONAL RAPIER WITH BRASS HILT DECORATED WITH PORTRAIT BUSTS OF WILLIAM AND
Lot 118A 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.
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