Cup-hilted rapier; Italian, probably Naples. ca. 1650-75. Steel, pierced & chiseled; iron wire; wood.

(via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

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    Excellent choice, this is one of my favorite pieces! I’ve been to the Met arms and armor section several times and was...
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    Even though I absolutely love the spirally hilt designs, there’s something about not having my hands fully covered that...
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