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This example was found in Peabody Massachusetts about 1966. It is a European transitional rapier of about 1690-1720. It has a 29 3/8” straight double edge flattened diamond section blade with the remnant of an inscription at the forte. The brass hilt is decorated in high relief with classical figures, typical for the period. As often encountered in American adaptions, the knuckle bow and quillon have been removed for ease of handling in battle. That this is deliberate is shown by the fact the remnant stub of the knuckle bow is bent down, indicating that the knuckle bow was dislodged from the pommel and bent down to break it. Additionally, the pommel is well worn in the area where the knuckle bow tip was seated, indicating considerable use in this form. The grip is heavily weathered as seen on New England waterfronts, probably indicating that it was at least partially exposed, probably in a barn.   Likely served in the French and Indian War as well as the Revolution.
Stock Number: B4316

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