French or Flemish. Iron hilt with broad thickened edge shell guards. Each element decorated with silver foliage, flowers, scrolls, a flower basket to the pommel etc. All with delicate silver pelleted borders and brass (originally gilt) focal devices. The whole in extraordinary preservation with light wear to the grip and the balance strong and complete. 29” diamond section rapier blade with deep fuller to the forte boldly marked and gold inlaid CLEMENS HORN / IN SOLINGEN with a mark beyond. Clemens Horn, is well represented in museum collections including the Wallace Collection, A511 and A539. He was noted for his finely inlaid blades, many of which were later remounted, as here.