Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1760-1820

Object Number

IX.1542

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 3 - egg-shaped pommel, moulded above and below, with prominent tang-button. Type Specimen: IX.6801.
Hilt loose, rear quillon removed - solder visible; vice marks visible on blade, near hilt: hilt loose on blade.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 766 mm (30.2 in.), Blade length, blade tip to hilt (by back): 634 mm (24.9 in.) Weight: 1 lb 14 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on shell, on inside, by blade slot, facing blade, engraved: 4.On blade, on outside, 34 mm from hilt, stamped: crown over '2' (faint).

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

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