Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1760-1820

Object Number

IX.2942

Provenance

Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First registered by DJB when on loan to Pendennis Castle (English Heritage), February 1986.

Physical Description

General Type Description: All brass, cast hilt. Pommel of various shapes (mostly globular, oval or egg-shaped). Knuckle-guard broadens to form slightly dished, heart-shaped shell around the blade, with two loop-guards to the outside of the hand. Short rear quillon, with disc-finial inclined towards the blade. 'Barley twist' grip. Curved or sligthly curved, single-edged blade, with a narrow fuller almost at the back, extending for the greater part its length.


Variations, losses, damage etc: Bars of guard mis-shapen, pommel dented, and grip has split at end nearest blade.
Pommel Type 3 - egg-shaped pommel, moulded above and below, with prominent tang-button. Type Specimen: IX.6801.
Blade secured in guard by iron wedge on outside (end visible); blade faces and edge worn; blade tip rounded off.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 729 mm (28 15/16 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 593 mm (23 5/16 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 32 mm (1.67 or approx. 1 1/4 in.) Weight: 780 g (1 lb 11 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On inside of guard, side towards blade: 3 dots and 1 dot.(No marks visible on blade but faces of blade very worn through grinding or agressive cleaning.)

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.534, under Notes.