Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1740-1820

Object Number

IX.6786

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; hole drilled through outside shell, near edge; blade covered in aluminium paint.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 854 mm (33 5/8 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 713 mm (28 1/16 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 37 mm (1.47 or approx. 1 1/2 in.) Weight: 770 g (1 lb 11 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on knuckle-guard, on outside, struck(?): four transverse lines.On hilt, on knuckle-guard, at end by pommel, on underside, struck(?): X. On hilt, on inside shell-guard, facing blade, stamped: 'E 2' (the E overstamped with an illegible character.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 19.On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: DAWES.On blade, on tang, probably stamped: ?TB (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 Dawes, see entry for IX.250, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed ?TB (the T less certain; mark partially obscurred by the ferrule) on the tang (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).