Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1760-1820

Object Number

IX.1535

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 2 - flattened globular pommel (no mouldings) with prominent tang-button. Type Specimen: IX.6798. On this example a lower moulding is just visible.
Guard perhaps adapted to fit grip; hole through base of pommel; hilt slightly loose on blade.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 686 mm (27 in.), Blade length, blade tip to hilt (by back): 540 mm (21.25 in.) Weight: 1 lb 12 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on knuckle-guard, on inside, on lobe at end, incised: three short lines.On hilt, on guard, at base of grip (front), facing pommel, punched: 3 dots.On hilt, on shell, on rear, on inside, facing pommel, stamped: '59'.On blade, on inside, 21 mm from hilt, stamped: 2 (possibly the remains of crown over 2).

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

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