Age unknown. The originals from which this is copied are housed in the Historical Museum, formerly the arsenal, in Dresden. Technically rapiers are made for mounted use with one or two hands and qualify equally as hand and a half swords. A number of originals were sold at auction I the 1920s a period of financial oppression for Germany suffering from the terms of the Treaty of Versailles. Those originals occasionally resurface for sale and bring figures of $15,000.00-25,000.00. This example has captured the regal bearing of those magnificent originals. 36 ¼” length blade.