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Purchased at Sotheby's, 23 April 1981, lot 148 (illus. in cat.). Sold ex collection H.L. Blackmore.

Physical Description

Hilt dated 1737-1738. Silver hilt. Knuckle-guard pinning into a sleeve attached to the pommel. Quillon block decorated with longitudinal fluting. Rear quillon of droplet form joined to the knuckle-guard on the outside of the hand by a loop-guard. Cap pommel with a pronounced tang-button and decorated with radial fluting. Small ferrule, the lateral moulding emphasised by line engraving. Attached to the blade end of the ferrule is a large elliptical silver washer in place of a buff-piece. Tapering agate grip of oval section.

Slightly curved, single-edged blade with a false edge for approx. the last 140 mm (5.5 in) and a full-length fuller on either side.


Dimensions: Overall length: 599 mm (23 3/8 in), blade length: 477 mm (18 3/4 in), blade width: 26 mm (1.0 in) Weight: 368.5 gm (13 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On the hilt, on the inside at in middle of the knuckle-guard, stamped: (reading from pommel): the Sterling standard mark; and the London town mark and date letter 'b' for 1737-8.



A late example of an agate-handled hanger.