This fine sword combines metal working techniques to produce an elegant but eminently capable weapon. The hilt comprised stylish elements with delicately engraved floral detail which represent the latest defensive technology. In form it accords with Norman type 111 with double shell guards are delicately pierced in a matrix of intersecting circles and would serve to engage an opponents blade as well as dazzle the eye. It provides a rare insight to a largely overlooked reality of antique edged weapons: That many sword and dagger hilts were originally gold or silver plated. Plating provided protection against rust as well as a measure of flare which was always welcomed. The blade, signed JOHANNIS BRACH SOLINGEN and JOHANNIS BRACH ME FECIT, as well, retains considerable original blued finish. When made, the combination would have been stunning. Another rapier signed by Johannis Brach is in the Berlin Zeughaus. 32 1/2" length blade.