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Purchased at Sotheby's, 31 July 1951, Lot 84.

Physical Description

Hilt English, blade probably German. Russet iron hilt consisting of a cap pommel with forward curled spur and tang-button; knuckle-guard with central moulding; single shell-guard pierced with five slots; and short curved quillon. All the surfaces decorated with encrusted silver patterns of scrollwork, leaves and rosettes, all quite worn.

Curved, single-edged blade with a false edge for approx. the last 200 mm (8 in) The three fullers all rise at the hilt; a medium fuller near the back extends for 155 mm (6.1 in); the central, narrow fuller extends to 50 mm (2.1 in) from the tip; and the third, narrow fuller towards the forward edge extends for 180 mm (7 in).


Dimensions: Overall length: 739 mm (29.1 in), blade length: 600 mm (23.6 in), blade width: 34 mm (1.3 in) Weight: 1 lb 5.4 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, inlaid in copper, on each face: an orb and cross and a cross above three semi-circles.


Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and A. Borg, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, London, 1974, p. 25 (English, c.1630), Pls 55a (hilt), 109 (marks).

A.V.B. Norman (and C.M. Barne), The Rapier and Small-Sword, 1460-1820, London etc., 1980, p. 53 (English, by implication, 1630's - see Notes).

D. Blackmore, Arms and Armour of the English Civil Wars, London, 1990, p. 33, fig. 43.


The flattened form of the knuckle-guard, which is found on other English hangers) can be dated by several paintings of the late 1630s and early 1640s which show the same feature on rapiers (Norman 1980 ('op. cit'.), p. 53).
Display Label in Hunting and Sporting Gallery at Tower (to 1991), '... marks, probably of Solingen'.