Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1740-1820

Object Number

IX.6767

Provenance

Old Tower Collections; probably Tower arsenal. First registered in Brick Tower Store, Rack 9E, 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 wooden grip. Single-edged, slightly curved blade, with narrow fuller towards the back extending for three-quarters of its length.


Variations, losses, damage, etc: Rear quillon removed. Outer shell guard pierced, near edge; rear quillon broken off or removed (rough break); crack in knuckle-guard; grip wire gone; nicks to cutting edge of blade.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 853 mm (33 5/8 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 705 mm (27 3/4 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 33 mm (1.31 or approx. 1 5/16 in.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on outer shell, on side facing pommel, engraved: 'B.3.LM'.On outside of blade, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2.On spine of blade, near hilt, stamped: 'I.GILL'.On blade, on tang, probably stamped: a cross formed of a square with 4 dots surrounding it. (visible on X-ray - see Notes). On blade, on tang, notches: 4 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 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 a cross formed of a square with four dots surrounding it on the tang; and also notches on the tang - 4 on the forward edge. (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).