Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1740-1820

Object Number

IX.1515

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 survival of leather covering uncertain; inside shell-guard drilled through, near edge; inside shell-guard slightly mis-shapen; quillon inclined very slightly to outside; blade bent just beyond hilt; manufacture weld visible on blade.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 867 mm (34.1 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 715 mm (28.1 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 32 mm (1.26 (or approx. 1 1/4) in.) Weight: g. (1 lb 13 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on shell-guard, at front, facing blade, either side of central raised rib of guard, engraved: B over 1.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2.On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: HADLEY (H & A conjoined).On blade, on tang: an illegible mark (visible on X-ray - see Notes).On blade, on tang, a notch: 1 on forward 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 Hadley, see entry for IX.263, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed an illegible mark on the tang (obscured by wire grip binding), and a notch on the tang - one on the forward edge. (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).