Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1740-1820

Object Number

IX.7804

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 binding replaced with single strand copper wire; hilt and blade lacquered.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 859 mm (33 3/4 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 710 mm (27 15/16 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 34 mm (1.34 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(?): four lines, all two separate but the first two inclined in V formation, so possibly intended to read VII.On blade, on outside, stamped: crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch).On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: I.GILL (CHECK when cleaned).On blade, on tang, probably stamped: a grid of two by three rectangles (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 TD on the tang. The same or a similar mark occurs also on the tangs of IX.1508 and 6769. (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).