This is a good example of an Italian cup-hilt rapier in pure Italian form whereas most were influenced by Spanish Hapsburg rule in the North. The deep rolled edge cup is divided into eight segments which are alternately pierced in foliage and chiseled in scenes of Hell with flames evolving into eerie beasts, and in one panel, the horned Satan. The quillon and knuckle bow terminals are fashioned as strange beasts as well. The pommel repeats the foliage, absent any further reference. The subject of Hell and human frailty was popular among Renaissance artists, the most notable, Hieronymus Bosch, and transcended all artistic media though representations on swords are rare. Blade length: 39

Stock Number: 95-43 (GE.214)

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