Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Route 66
This is a cup hilt comprised of four shells which seems usually of first half 17thc and both Italian and Spanish convention. The Italian are often with pierced openwork and from Brescia, while the solid and usually chiseled style like this are of course usually Spanish.
(AVB Norman, "The Rapier and Small Sword 1400-1820", hilt #83).
"Rapiers" Eric Valentine, No's 35, 36.
On these the pommels are typically oblate, and this may be replacement as suggested by Jasper. Also the wire is likely replacement and it seems Turks Heads are absent as usually seen in these instances.