C1700 Transitional Rapier Or Smallsword £775



A delightful smallsword with a cast and cut steel hilt with very heavy and thick knurling in a faceted manner resembling pineapple finials. The guard is a pierced steel plate with incised diamond and teardrop openwork.


The blade however is the fascinating part as it bears the blade of an older thrust centric blade marked Johan, there being a few known rapier makers of the 16th and 17th century I believe after comparing some of the lettering this is most likely to either be Johann Bongen of Solingen or a German-born maker in England making the blade towards the latter end of the range, 1650-1680.


An extraordinary example of an early transitional smallsword or potential period marriage. There is some age related staining to the blade but overall it is in good sound condition.