Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1740-1820

Object Number

IX.7801

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: grip wire missing except for a few short strands at top, leather covering may remain (uncertain); hilt and blade lacquered; hilt loose on blade.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 881 mm (34 11/16 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 730 mm (28 15/16 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 33 mm (1.3 or approx. 1 5/16 in.) Weight: 835 g (1 lb 13 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on knuckle-guard, at end by pommel, on underside, struck(?): X.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: T.CRAVEN (T. Craven - the E & N incomplete); crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch).On blade, on tang, probably stamped: an embossed Greek cross (visible on X-ray - see Notes).On blade, on tang, notches: 2 on forward 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 an embossed Greek cross on the tang; and also notches on the tang - 2 on the forward edge. (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).