Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1740-1820

Object Number

IX.7800

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 inside shell near edge; half grip wire lacking, the loose end secured by several turns of copper wire - leather covering probably remains; end of packing piece between blade tang and guard visible; hilt and blade lacquered.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 866 mm (34 116 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 712 mm (28 1/16 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 34 mm (1.36 or approx. 1 5/16 in.) Weight: 850 g (1 lb 14 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on inside shell-guard, facing pommel, stamped, broad arrow over BO.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch.On blade, on back, nerar hilt, stamped: I.GILL.On blade, on tang, probably stamped: S (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 Gill, see entry for IX.257, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed an S on the tang (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).