Deal of the days
in the 16th century.
It was becoming less practical to wear armour strong enough to stop a musketball and by the early 17th century armour was being restricted to the key areas such as the torso and head, in favour of greater mobility in battle.
The Rapier or Espada Ropera, a long bladed thrusting weapon with a guard composed of rings and bars makes its appearence in the late 16th century.
Although capable of cutting, the swept hilt rapier was primarily a thrusting sword and indeed the Italians taught swordsmen the art of 'the fence' which became highly popular throughout Europe in the Renaissance period.
Using a left hand dagger to parry an opponents blade and the swept hilt rapier to thrust, it was found that the sword hand was still vunerable to injury if an attacking blade was to slip through the protective bars of the swept hilt rapier.One solution was to incorporate a plate or shell at either side of the hilt to protect the fingers.
During the English Civil war period both mortuary swords with half basket type hilts and a variety of rapier styles were standard swords to be encountered on the battlefield. Many rapiers were to be found with heavier blades so that the sword was better suited to the rigours of warfare.
and the blade measures approx 1000mm and is 30mm at its widest point.
The handle grip is approx 90mm.
The sword unsheathed weighs approx 1.62 kg
and approx 1.9 kg in its scabbard.