Join Date: Jun 2005
Dissimilar shells rapier... Portuguese?
I just got this piece. I bought it thinking it could be an officer version of the Spanish 1728 model cavalry sword, but I am not sure that is correct.
Probably the sword is earlier than what I first thought, at the end of XVIIth century. Contemporary to lots of cup hilt rapiers. I still think it is a military weapon, but it is too long for infantry use. And it is more thrust than cut.
The inscriptions say:
xx EM x ALEMANHA xx
xx EMFLENTE x RONIQUE xx
The first one sounds more oriented to Portuguese market than Spanish.
It would be nice to have more info about this RONIQUE. EM FLENTE could be a place or EMELENTE
It is 105cm long and weights 1070grams. Balance point some 5cm ahead of shell, handles easily.