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Old 4th May 2022, 06:44 PM   #1
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Default 17th century rapier with head stamp

I recently acquired this rapier which i gather is 17th century. There is a head shaped stamp on both sides of the blade which i can not identify.
Blade length is 83cm and total is 97cm.
Any help would be most welcome
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Old 4th May 2022, 07:33 PM   #2
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Congratulations on your acquisition. Staffan Kinman’s European Makers of Edged Weapons, Their Marks (2015) lists two Solingen smiths with marks consisting of Moorish heads: i) Johan (Johannis) Beugel 1648-1688 and ii) Peter the Elder Munsten zu Elberfeld 1552-1628.
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Great looking sword, but technically not a rapier. More of a broad sword with a mortuary or walloon style hilt/guard.
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Old 5th May 2022, 09:53 AM   #4
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Great looking sword, but technically not a rapier. More of a broad sword with a mortuary or walloon style hilt/guard.
True. These type of swords have many names like Felddegen, Reiterdegen, Walloon sword, etc.
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Old 5th May 2022, 11:47 PM   #5
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I'll add haudegen, just to expand the set. }|:oP
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Old 10th May 2022, 10:54 AM   #6
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Thank you all for your insights, does anyone also have this specific makers mark in a reference book for me please?
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Old 11th May 2022, 08:44 AM   #7
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They would have called it a Sword. Modern useage would call it an 'arming' or 'one-handed' sword. Broadsword (as one word) is more used for Scottish basket hilted double edged swords.
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Old 11th May 2022, 08:04 PM   #8
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See post #2 above. Kinman’s book is highly recommended.
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Sword is being auctioned from tomorrow at noon.
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