Arms & Armor Dresden Rapier
Original: Circa 1590, Saxon (Dresden), Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Carried as a personal weapon by the bodyguard of Christian I (1586-1591), Elector of Saxony. The hilt was probably constructed in Dresden. The blade has the Milan town mark on the original, but this is fairly certain to be a German forgery.

Though called a rapier by the maker, the blade is wider at the hilt than most rapiers and could be classified as a broadsword blade. Extremely heavy rapiers such as this were often used as cavalry side arms.

The hilt is finished with a wavy chiseled pattern in blackened steel. The fore ring is filled with a pierced plate. The grip is wire bound.

This matched set has a black leather scabbard and matching parrying dagger with by-knife.
Overall length: 45"
Weight: 3.7 pounds
Width of guard: 8"
Blade: 37" long below finger rings; 1.75" wide tapering to .5"
Grip and pommel: 5.5"
Point of Balance (PoB): 4" from guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~21" from guard

Maker: Arms & Armor of Minnesota.
Inspired by an original located in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Cat. No. M34).

This item has been retired from the collection.

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