Art of Swords

Sword
/sôrd/
Noun
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.

Rapiers
Decorations attributed to Gasparo Mola (Italian, Coldre ca. 1580–1640 Rome)
Date: about 1620–30
Culture: French or Italian
Medium: Steel, encrusted with gold and silver
Dimensions: Length 49 1/4 in. ( 125.1 cm) Width 8 3/4 in. ( 22.23 cm) 
The hilt decorations includes the coat of arms of the Albani family, possibly Orazio Albani (1576–1653), ambassador from Urbino to the papal court. While clearly influenced by French ornament, the decoration has been attributed to Gasparo Mola (1567–1640), a medalist and goldsmith working in Rome between about 1620 and 1630.

Source & Copyright: Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Rapiers

  • Decorations attributed to Gasparo Mola (Italian, Coldre ca. 1580–1640 Rome)
  • Date: about 1620–30
  • Culture: French or Italian
  • Medium: Steel, encrusted with gold and silver
  • Dimensions: Length 49 1/4 in. ( 125.1 cm) Width 8 3/4 in. ( 22.23 cm) 

The hilt decorations includes the coat of arms of the Albani family, possibly Orazio Albani (1576–1653), ambassador from Urbino to the papal court. While clearly influenced by French ornament, the decoration has been attributed to Gasparo Mola (1567–1640), a medalist and goldsmith working in Rome between about 1620 and 1630.

Source & Copyright: Metropolitan Museum of Art 

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