Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1740-1820

Object Number

IX.6785

Provenance

Old Tower collections; probably Tower arsenal. First registered in Brick Tower Store, Rack 9F, 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 or broken off; vice marks on pommel; hole drilled through inner shell; wire covering to grip gone, leather covering probably remains; blade slightly loose on hilt.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 825 mm (32 1/2 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 681 mm (26 13/16 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 31 mm (1.22 (approx. 1 3/16) in.) Weight: 725 g (1 lb 9 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on knuckle-guard, on inside, struck(?): three tansverse lines, aparently deliberately made.On hilt, on inner shell, facing blade, punched: two dots (spaced out), apparently deliberately made.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2.On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: REDDEL[L] & C[o] (Reddell & Co - all letters incomplete).On blade, on tang, probably stamped: T.D (TD) (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 Reddell, see entry for IX.256, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed T.'D on the tang. The same or a similar mark occurs also on the tangs of IX.1352, 3587 and 6780 (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).