16th or early 17th century North European Swept Hilt Rapier
Probably German made, this wonderful example of a period sword has a minor restoration. The Swept Hilt Rapier normally has a very thin blade, this version is slightly broader than most, but the hilt is in the classical form and the construction is consistent for the period. The hilt has a little play in the guard, but not unexpected for a 400 year old sword. The pommel is perfect in its urn form and is inconsistent with the rest of the construction of the sword. It is likely a Victorian replacement. It is a nice job of restoration, maintaining the correct look and tone, but the pommel it is just too clean, free of dents or scratches, too well made to be period. The Sword blade is marked by the smith and has some minor abrasions along the edge. The wire grip wrap is in good condition, hard to say if it is a replacement wire, it does show age.
Opinions from sword collectors on this piece are consistent, with the consensus being it was probably a damaged old sword repaired to hang from a wall in some castle in Europe in the 19th century, a common practice. Regardless it is an affordable and handsome example of a real sword of the period.
Again this type of sword was also used in the North American colonies ( by Spain, France, England and Holland) as well as in European conflicts. A mint sword of this period will easily fetch well over $4k, we have priced this example to suit its condition. This sword has all the indication of being an authentic sword, just given some TLC to bring it back to life 100 years or more ago with a replaced pommel.