Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1740-1820

Object Number

IX.6773

Provenance

Old Tower collection; 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: outside shell drilled with a hole, near edge; vice marks on lobe of knuckle-guard, by pommel; grip lacks wire binding, leather covering probably remains.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 850 mm (34 1/2 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 705 mm (27 3/4 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 35 mm (1.36 or approx. 1 5/16 in.) Weight: 785 g (1 lb 11 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On inside of inner shell-guard of hilt, facing pommel, stamped: broad arrow over BO.On outside of blade, near hilt, stamped: crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch).On back of blade, near hilt, stamped: T.G[I]LL (T. Gill - very faint).On blade, on tang, probably stamped: a mark resemblng a sun (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 mark resembling a sun on the tang (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).