Rapier, 1604. A wedding gift among brothers. Steel, gold, Bohemian diamonds, pearl embroidery. Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden 📷 Jürgen Karpinski.
The splendour of these weapons befitted their use in court festivities and ceremonial and their status as diplomatic gifts. The knight‘s sword, modified in the form of a rapier or dress sword, had become a prestigious fashion accessory in keeping with the increasingly luxurious clothing that was worn.