Prunkdegen eines Markgrafen von Brandenburg

Bayerisches Nationalmuseum


The magnificent rapier belongs to the most important creations of Italian arms manufacture. It bestows to the handle, cut in iron with bravura, a sculptural animated appearance. The cross guard ends in depictions of tritons; pairs of maritime creatures form the ring of the guard and they cover grip stock and pommel as flat reliefs. Dull and polished gilding as well as bluing and white enamel enhance the rapier with strong colourful effects.