Rapier blade

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found in the River Cree, Kirkcudbrightshire

Postcard of Rapier blade.
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Rapier blade

Rapiers were long, stabbing weapons which appeared in the second half of the 2nd millennium. This bronze rapier blade was found in the River Cree in Kirkcudbrightshire. It dates from between 1400 and 1250 BC.

The blade has a central ridge and two notches at the base.

Warriors had a major social role in their society and displayed their status through fancy weapons. Some rapiers may only ever have been intended for use as prestige or ceremonial weapons rather than for actual combat.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-379-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DJ 29
Date: Between 1400 and 1250 BC
Material: Bronze; with two notches at base
Dimensions: 13.75" L
Where: Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, River Cree
Description: Bronze rapier blade with two notches at base, found in the River Cree, Kirkcudbrightshire
  • Coles, J.M. Scottish Middle Bronze Age Metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland, 97 (1963-64), pp 82-156, esp. 111-4, 145. 
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