Ca. 1425-1510 AD
An ‘Espada de Ropera’, an iron Spanish-made rapier featuring pommel like a perfectly formed ’Olive’ that drops down into a re-enforcing ring or ‘shoulder’, would have, originally, sat above a hilt of organic material which hasn’t survived; is of an unrecognizable type. The cross guard, straight and wide, with double loops dropping from under the cross guard bar is of a type that is “late, unclassified and complex” according to Oakeshott. The sword blade, Oakeshott type XIX, is long and narrow and evenly fullered, with a narrow fuller running about three-quarters the length of the blade. The blades edge, sharp as would be expected, starts off its true edge below the cross guard loops on both sides. Within the loops the edges of the blade are flat and unsharpened. This is so that it is safe for any fingers that are hooked under the guard, but more importantly, this to re-enforce the blade, giving it greater strength under the hilt. The item comes with an academic report written by Russel Scott; famous lecturer, reenactor and expert of Viking and medieval artefacts.
Size: L:1015mm / W:230mm ; 1.25kg
Provenance: Property of an European collector; formerly in Ing. P. Till collection till 1999; previously bought in Vienna in 1971.