The rapier with single side loop was first used in the second quarter of the 17th century and remained in use through the end of the 18th century. By the last quarter of the 17th century, it was scaled to respond to evolving fencing techniques. The iron hilt is decorated with silver overlay in stipple line work. The shell guard is adorned inside and out with foliage, with an exotic bird, perhaps with armorial significance. The grip is silver and brass, originally gilt, wire. The fine 28" blade is deeply fullered and pierced for the first half and to thick diamond section, designed specifically for thrusting.