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Old 12th November 2017, 06:23 PM   #1
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Default French (?) rapier 17th century

Dear All,

I want to present this rapier / small sword. The lenght over all is 102cm. The blade is 2,6cm wide. The grip consists of wood covered with leather. The blade shows the "Passauer Wolf".
The handle and pommel are decorated with "fleur de lys" which makes me assuming it is French.
I would date it to the mid of the 17th century, buit I am not too sure.

Any comments on it are highly appreciated.

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Old 12th November 2017, 06:53 PM   #2
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It is interesting that ~

The revolution of 1830.

After the little revolution of 1830 in Paris, King Louis-Philippe ordered the suppression of the symbols of the old monarchy. The « Fleur de Lys » present on several sword patterns were erased.

I suspect that your Rapier is French but may be a German blade and showing the Passau Wolf in narrow form to comply with the limits of the "gutter" (the hollow or fuller.)
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Old 12th November 2017, 07:00 PM   #3
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Hi Ibrahim,

yes, the blade might be made in Solingen.
Thanks for the interesting information on the "little revolution" in 1830.

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Old 13th November 2017, 08:09 AM   #4
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In my eyes this is not a rapier but a campaign sword whose blade has been made not at Solingen but at Passau, what Ibrahim had said already.
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Old 13th November 2017, 09:16 AM   #5
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Hi Corrado,

of course the Passauer Wolf is the symbol of the Passauer blade smiths. But as far as I know it was adopted widely by other smiths. Most of the 17th century blades I know, wearing the Passauer Wolf, are assigned to Solingen concerning the smith´s stamps. But of course there might be also "original" Passauer blades.

What mkes you think it is a campaign sword? I assumed it to be a rapier cause of the pas d´ane rings. If it´s campaign sword it would be great.

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Old 13th November 2017, 03:24 PM   #6
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The blade is rather long and strong but the hilt looks somehow disproportionate with respect to the blade and doesn't even alow a "rapier grip." So I don't relly know how such a sword would handle.
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