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This Spanish espada de conchas rapier is mounted with a 102 cm long blade [not counting the ricasso], marked TOMAS DAIALA inside the fullers. Ricasso is marked with what appears to be a crowned mark, now indistinct. The rapier is completely original, including the grip wrap, and measures 120 cm overall. The front shell is decorated with a stylized Spanish lion amid floral scrolls and tendrils. The blade is of superb quality, retaining all of its spring, and is straight and true, with no rust or pitting. The balance of the rapier is quite good. The bottom of the back shell is discretely marked with the old collection inventory number 13.
A lovely Spanish rapier, dating ca.1650-1680.