Mobile menu

Dress-sword c.1616

RCIN 67125

Your share link is...


Unlike medieval swords the rapier was designed to be worn with civilian dress in urban environments. The name probably derives from the Spanish ‘espada ropera’ – a sword of the robe, literally a dress sword. It became a highly fashionable accessory worn by gentlemen, indicating a leisured lifestyle with time to devote to the courtly pursuit of fencing. The blade here is unusually ornate – gilded, blued and etched with the royal arms of England and the coronet and feathered badge of the Prince of Wales, as well as mottos in Latin.