Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1740-1820

Object Number

IX.1517

Provenance

Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned in 1977 when on display in the Mortar Room (White Tower basement).

Physical Description

General Type Description: Brass hilt comprising oval pommel on a stand and with a prominent tang-button, D-shaped knuckle-guard which spreads to form a heart-shaped stool around the blade, and very short rear quillon with drop-finial inclined towards the blade. Wire-bound grip. Curved or slightly curved, single-edged blade, with a narrow fuller almost at the back, extending for the greater part of its length.


Variations, losses, damage, etc: grip lacks wire binding; lacks quillon; vice marks on lobe at end of knuckle-guard, by pommel; grip lacks wire binding and probably also leather covering; four holes in grip (two adjacent), possibly worm holes; quite a lot of cuts to rim of shell; blade has short ricasso; nicks in blade edge, many quite deep; blade has indications of being of reduced thickness due to frequent re-sharpening; blade tip rounded off. This sword has been heavily and roughly used.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 858 mm (33.75 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 711 mm (28 in.), Blade width, by hilt: mm (in.) Weight: g. (1 lb 10 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: T.CRAVEN; crown over 2.On blade, on tang, probably stamped: crown over EF (visible on X-ray - see Notes).On blade, on tang, notches: 4 on forward edge; 1 on rear edge (visible on X-ray - see Notes).

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Craven, see entry for IX.272, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed a crowned EF on the tang. The same or a similar mark occurs also on the tangs of IX.2662 and 7803; also an uncrwned EF on IX.6772. The X-ray also showed notches on the tang - 4 on the forward edge and 1 on the rear edge. (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).