I offer for sale an extremely fine 16th century, Spanish Cup hilt rapier with a Toledo blade, dated to stamped to circa 1580.
The two stage fullered blade measures an impressive 40 1/2 inches or 103 cm in length and bears a Toledo signature and date mark also talismanic incised marks inside the short fuller on both sides. On both sides it reads "*Toldeo * 1580 * ++". There is also a tiny triangle stamp to one side of the ricasso. The blade is in excellent condition showing no distortion or damage to it and the fit between blade and hilt is nice and tight.
The cup hilt is typically characteristic with a large, deep bowl guard made of a single piece of steel, which is pierced with linear and lattice decoration. The straight quillons are elongated and spirally fluted and twisted with spherical terminals. The ovoid pommel is chased with mythical beasts and stylized 'Green Man' masks. The wooden grip is decoratively grooved and wrapped in lengths of iron wire with Turks heads top and bottom. There is also an old brass collection disc tag numbered 819 wired to the hilt.
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