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.

Cup-Hilted Rapier

  • Cup signed Carlo Piccinino (Italian, Milan, active circa 1650–75)
  • Dated: circa 1650–75
  • Culture: Italian, Milan
  • Medium: Steel, chiseled in relief; iron wire
  • Measurements: Length of quillons 12 1/16 in. ( 30.63 cm) Length of blade 37 1/4 in. ( 94.62 cm) Length overall 44 in. ( 111.76 cm) Gr. width of blade 0 1/2 in. ( 1.27 cm) Gr. thickness of blade 0 1/4 in. ( 0.64 cm) Weight 2 lb. 5 oz. ( 1049 gm) Hardness of blade 52-60
  • Provenance: Ex coll.: Marquis de Villahermosa; Baron Giulio Francheti, Florence

There is an inscription on both side of the ricasso. Stamped at base of outer side of cup stands "CARLO / PICININO" while stamped on both sides of blade stands "xx XIN x SOL x IN x GEN x".

Source: © 2000–2013 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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