This sword represents the rapier as it was used in Spain and her colonies in late 17th and 18th century. It is, in fact, the final form of the rapier which, by this time had been replaced by the small-sword in the rest of Europe. It is a form of the cup-hilt with long elegant quillons and a solid "melon slice" form guard which extends to form the knuckle bow and is engraved with scrolling foliage and a flower bud through which the back quillon extends. The grip is black horn with inset iron bars. The 36” blade is of stout wedge section, with a long false edge and equally suitable for thrusting and slashing.