Originally Posted by mariusgmioc
A rapier wit a strikingly similar blade was sold in an auction as being German.
That is not an uncommon blade structure, I in fact own several of them, for instance this one. Here it also contains the wolf-like symbol (although some people suggested it might be a cow...
), possibly confirming the German origin, however, I belong to the school that considers the hilt the primary part of a rapier.
Victrix is, of course, correct, as we know, rapiers were assembled from components, made by more than one master. That usually involved the blade, the hilt and very commonly the grip - each requiring very different set of skills.