Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1760-1820

Object Number

IX.2703

Provenance

Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned May 1985 when on loan to the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (Loan L154).

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.
Shell and knuckle-guard assembly slightly loose; a few minor nicks in forward edge of blade; weld mark visible near base of blade.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 790 mm (31 1/16 in.), Blade length: 647 mm (25.5 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 34 mm (1.34 in.) Weight: 865 g (1 lb 14 1/2 oz).

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on shell, on outside, towards the blade, stamped: 6 (or 9) (very small).On hilt, on inside, near hilt and forward edge, stamped: 6 (or 9) and another number, possibly a damaged or overstruck 1 (both very small).On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: very difficult to read but possibly --LLET (probably a maker's name.

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.534, under Notes.
An added note in the Typed Inventory records there was a Sandhurst number 82/325 on a tag (now missing).