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Parrying Dagger Dated: circa 1560 Place of Origin: Italy

Parrying Dagger Dated: circa 1560 Place of Origin: Italy

Presentation Sword with monogram of Charles II, Duke of Parma

Presentation Sword with monogram of Charles II, Duke of Parma

A realistic dragonfly cast in solid bronze by Omega Art Works. Smooth deep blue dymondwood handle with 2 green onyx gemstones in the eyes. Overall length 14, blade length 8

A realistic dragonfly cast in solid bronze by Omega Art Works. Smooth deep blue dymondwood handle with 2 green onyx gemstones in the eyes. Overall length 14, blade length 8

Taza Spanish Cup Hilt Rapier XVII th century.    Taza Rapier, which means bowl in Spanish, XVII th century style, Viollet le Duc period. This is a good example of a rapier, the weapon used by the famous three musketeers, Cyrano de Bergerac and other heroes of the XVII th century.

Taza Spanish Cup Hilt Rapier XVII th century. Taza Rapier, which means bowl in Spanish, XVII th century style, Viollet le Duc period. This is a good example of a rapier, the weapon used by the famous three musketeers, Cyrano de Bergerac and other heroes of the XVII th century.

Even in the safest of places, having a form of weapon on a person at all times is encouraged.

Even in the safest of places, having a form of weapon on a person at all times is encouraged.

Second from the left is Spencer's sword while the one all the way to the right is Vincent's sword.

Second from the left is Spencer's sword while the one all the way to the right is Vincent's sword.

The form of the guards of this sword is typically South German of the second quarter of the 16th century, but the pommel is as distinctively Venetian while its blade bears the mark of Basle. It seems that such marks stamped upon blades do not refer to its place of origin of the blade, but of the hilt in which it is mounted. Therefore it seems to be reasonable to assume that this sword is, basically, Swiss, though it has the appearance of a hybrid.

The form of the guards of this sword is typically South German of the second quarter of the 16th century, but the pommel is as distinctively Venetian while its blade bears the mark of Basle. It seems that such marks stamped upon blades do not refer to its place of origin of the blade, but of the hilt in which it is mounted. Therefore it seems to be reasonable to assume that this sword is, basically, Swiss, though it has the appearance of a hybrid.

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