Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1760-1820

Object Number

IX.6788

Provenance

Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First registered in Brick Tower Store, Rack 9G, 1987.

Physical Description

General Type Description: All brass, cast hilt. Pommel of various shapes (mostly globular, oval or egg-shaped). Knuckle-guard broadens to form slightly dished, heart-shaped shell around the blade, with two loop-guards to the outside of the hand. Short rear quillon, with disc-finial inclined towards the blade. 'Barley twist' grip. Curved or sligthly curved, single-edged blade, with a narrow fuller almost at the back, extending for the greater part its length.


Variations, losses, damage etc:
Pommel Type 1 - flattened or slightly flattened globular pommel, moulded above and below, with prominent tang-button. Type Specimen: IX.6787.
Hilt loose on blade; Hole grilled in inside of shell; blade tip ground off and bent slightly outwards.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 775 mm (30 1/2 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 632 mm (24 7/8 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 31 mm (1.25 in.) Overall length: TO DO, Blade length: 24 3/4 in., Blade width: 1 1/8 in. Weight: 875 g (1 lb 14 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On inside of blade, near hilt, stamped: a running fox (or wolf?) (incomplete impression) charged on the body with 'WOOLLEY'; '[W]OOLL[EY] / DEA[KIN]; broad arrow over 'BO'.On outside of blade, stamped: (towards hilt) a running fox (or wolf?) (incomplete impression) charged on the body with 'WOOLLE[Y]'; (near hilt) crown over 2 (faint).On spine of blade: a triangle.Attached to hilt: blue strung tags bearing no. 7205-7-27 (NAM number).

Associations

Notes

For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.534, under Notes.
For general information on the various firms that incorporated the name of Woolley, see entry for IX.250, under Notes.
For the running fox or wolf mark, found on a number of British military hangers, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
Formerly on loan to the national Army Museum (NAM no. 7205-7-27).