Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1740-1820

Object Number

IX.6775

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: Rear quillon removed; wire binding to grip very loose

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 878 mm (34 7/16 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 724 mm (28 1/2 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 34 mm (1.35 or approx. 1 5/16 in.) Weight: 755 g (1 lb 10 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On inner shell guard, facing blade, engraved: B over EKM over 2.On outside of blade, near hilt, stamped: broad arrow over BO, and crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch).On inside of blade, near hilt, stamped: 'HADLEY'.On blade, on tang, probably stamped: WB or WH (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 Hadley, see entry for IX.263, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed WB or WH on the tang. The same or a similar mark occurs also on the tangs of IX. 6776 and 8023. (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).