Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1740-1820

Object Number

IX.7798

Provenance

Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned by the Valuation Team when Found on loan to Inteligence & Security Group (Volunteers), Ashford House, Handel Street, London WC1N 1NP (Loan L53), Spring 1987.

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. Single-edged, slightly curved blade, with narrow fuller towards the back extending for three-quarters of its length.


Variations, losses, damage, etc: hole drilled through outside shell near edge; knuckle-guard bent to outside; grip lacks wire binding, leather covering remains; hilt and blade lacquered; blade loose on hilt; hilt loose on blade; weld mark visible on outside of blade.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 882 mm (34 3/4 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 738 mm (29 1/6 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 32 mm (1.26 or approx. 1 1/4 in.) Weight: 705 g (1 lb 9 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on knuckle-guard, on inside, struck(?): six transverse lines (on faint).On hilt, on knuckle-guard, at end by pommel, on underside, struck(?): two lines, separate but disposed in V formation.On hilt, on pommel, to rear, by junction with knuckle-guard: two lines, separate but disposed in V formation.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: CRAVE[N] (Craven - the C and E incomplete); crown over 1.On blade, on tang, notches: 1 on rear edge (visible on X-ray - see Notes).

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

For this pattern of hanger generally, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Craven, see entry for IX.272, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed notches on the tang: 1 on the rear edge (no other marks visible; see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).