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.
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.