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Swept hilt rapier

  • Place of origin:

    Bavaria (made)

  • Date:

    1600-20 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sadeler, Daniel (maker)
    Sadeler, Emanuel (maker)
    Etienne Delaune (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chiselled steel, blued and gilt

  • Credit Line:

    F. Mallett Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 6, The Lisa and Bernard Selz Gallery, case CA1

Physical description

Chiselled steel, blued and gilt, the ornament based on designs by Etienne Delaune.

Place of Origin

Bavaria (made)


1600-20 (made)


Sadeler, Daniel (maker)
Sadeler, Emanuel (maker)
Etienne Delaune (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Chiselled steel, blued and gilt


Length: 106.5 cm blade, Length: 15.5 cm hilt, Width: 25 cm Hilt - measured across widest point, Depth: 11 cm Maximum depth of the hilt, measured from front to back of the 'cage', Weight: 1.25 kg

Object history note

The sword was preserved for nearly 300 years at Burton Constable, near Hull.

Historical significance: The only Sadeler piece known to have been brought to England during the 17th century for use, and not imported by dealers or collectors during the 19th century.

Historical context note

The sword hilts made by the two Sadeler brothers cannot be distinguished with any certainty.

Descriptive line

Swept hilt rapier with a chiselled steel hilt, blued and gilt, Emmanuel or Daniel Sadeler based on designs by Etienne Delaune, German (Bavaria), ca. 1600

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hayward, J.F. Swords and Daggers. London: HMSO, 1963
Patterson, Angus, Fashion and Armour in Renaissance Europe: Proud Lookes and Brave Attire, V&A Publishing, London, 2009, ISBN 9781851775811, p. 61, ill.


Arms & Armour; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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