Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1760-1820

Object Number

IX.1549

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: 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:
Pommel Type 1 or Type 2 - flattened or slightly flattened globular pommel, faintly moulded below (but not above), with prominent tang-button. Type Specimens: IX.6787 or IX.6798.
Inside shell-guard inclined towards the blade and outer shell-guard inclined towards the pommel; vice marks on inside of blade, near hilt; manufacture weld visible near hilt; extreme blade tip gone; hilt loose on blade.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 764 mm (30.1 in.), Blade length, blade tip to hilt (by back): 620 mm (24.5 in.) Weight: 1 lb 13 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, across rear of shell, top, facing pommel, engraved: 'DM. GRS. 2' (dots below the R & S of GRS).On blade, on outside, 17 mm from hilt, stamped: 'THOSCRAV[EN]' (Thomas Craven); and, further up, stamped, a running fox or wolf (double-struck).On blade, on inside, approx. 137 mm from hilt, stamped: running fox (or wolf?) (quite rubbed).

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.534, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Craven, see entry for IX.272, under Notes.
For the running fox or wolf mark, found on a number of British military hangers, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
Note in Typed Inventory, 'The blade may be earlier' The reason is not stated but may be due to the almost certainly incorrect assumption that the running fox mark indicates Shotley Bridge (for which see entry for IX.373, cited above).