Gustav II Adolf Rapier


Gustav II Adolf was the king of Sweden and therefore the king of Finland from 1611 to 1632. During his reign Sweden became a great power, and Gustavus Adolphus himself can be considered one of the first modern military commanders. He was one of the major actors in the 30 Year War, notable for the victory at the Battle of Breitenfeld. He died on the battlefield near Lützen in 1632 and this day is still a flag day in Sweden and in Finland. His romantic career and war victories earned him a nickname “the Lion of the North”. The trusted companion of the monarch,‘till his last breath, was his rapier.

The artfully sweeping hilt with an open floral patterned base is especially distinctive. The blade is unusually narrow for a rapier and it makes this a surprisingly quick, pleasantly lightweight, and deadly weapon. The textured grip is made of wood wound with black wire. A copper-colored wire plait separates the grip from the pear-shaped pommel and from the quillons. A matching scabbard is included. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.

Weight 1.16 kg (2.6lbs), total length 113 cm (44.5”), blade length 97 cm (38”), blade width at base 2.5 cm (1”).

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