Object Title

Infantry Private's hanger

Infantry Private's hanger

Date

1760-1820

Object Number

IX.6804

Provenance

Probably Tower arsenal. First registered in Brick Tower Store, Rack 9H, 1987.

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.
Rear quillon bent skightly in; manufacture weld visible near base of blade; last 75 mm (approx.) of blade bent slightly to inside. hilt slighlty loose on blade.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 772 mm (30 3/8 in.), Blade length, blade tip to hilt (by back): 638 mm (25 1/8 in.), Blade width: 1 3/16 in.

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on shell, at front, facing pommel: 2 possible numbers (I could not see these in may 2003 - PJL).On blade, on inside, approx. 140 mm from hilt, stamped: running wolf (or fox?)On blade, on outside, 14 mm from hilt, stamped: 'CRAVEN'.On blade, on outside, 24 mm from hilt, stamped: crown over '2'.

Associations

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.