A rapier, manufactured in the mid-19th century by the technology of the old masters as a gift to one high-ranking person. Such exceptionally flexible rapiers were made in Toledo in the beginning of 17th century. They were sold in gun shops and coiled in a circle to show its flexible properties.
MET Museum Deaccessioned 18th Century Metallic Brocade Stays, French c. 1750
Bodice (at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) 1775–89, European Medium: silk, leather, iron, baleen, linen Dimensions: Total Length (a): 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm) Total Length (b): 15 in. (38.1 cm) Rogers Fund, 1926 Accession Number: 26.56.55a, b