Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1740-1820

Object Number

IX.6769

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 grip. Single-edged, slightly curved blade, with narrow fuller towards the back extending for three-quarters of its length.


Variations, losses, damage, etc: hilt loose on blade; inner shell-gurard cracked and inclined slightly towards pommel; grip wire and leather covering gone; grip wood cracked at end nearest blade. Identified with concentric corrosion, February 2005.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 857mm (33 3/4 in.), Blade length, back, by hilt to tip: 711 mm (28 1/4 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 33 mm (1.3 or approx. 1 1/4 in.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On outside of blade, near hilt, stamped: crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch).On spine of blade, near hilt, stamped: 'I.GILL'.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 7804. (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).