Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1760-1820

Object Number

IX.6794

Provenance

Found un-numbered in Brick Tower Store, Rack 9G, 1987 (with other un-numbered swords of this 'pattern'). Probably originally from Pontpook Park, Monmouth, and probably purchased from there by J. Kyrle Fletcher Esq in about 1915 (see Notes).

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 globular pommel, moulded above and below, with prominent tang-button. Type Specimen: IX.6787.
Rear quillon removed; knuckle guard broken and shell out of alignment; knuckle-guard break has been repaired with a small iron bar (but broken again); a break in the outer loop-guard, near the knuckle-guard has been similarly repaired; pommel cracked; blade very pitted and forward edge by hilt has been heavily ground; blade tip broken off.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 765 mm (30 1/8 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 623 mm (24 1/2 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 34 mm (1.35 in.) Weight: 815 g (1 lb 13 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on shell, on inside, engraved: 'M = GLAMORGAN'.On hilt, on shell, on outside, engraved: 3 over 31 separated by a line.On blade, on inside, approx 100 mm from hilt, stamped: a running fox or wolf (incomplete impression).On blade, on outside, approx 100 mm from hilt, stamped: possible second impression of the same running fox or wolf as on inside but a very poor impression, though possibly containing a letter H (and if so then probably for Samuel Harvey)

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.534, under Notes.
C8For the running fox or wolf mark, found on a number of British military hangers, see entry for IX.373, under Notes, which includes the evidence suggesting it is probably for a Birmingham maker.
For the makers Samuel Harvey (I-III), see entry for IX,1074, under Notes.
This hanger, neatly marked with the county name, has had a rough life and the attempt to repair the guard is interesting.
A drawing this hanger (showing the same fraction number on the guard) by B T A Griffiths is in private posession (see inv. file). A note by Griffiths on the back reads: 'about a dozen of these hangers together with about 30 muskets and bayonets were purchased from Pontypool Park, Mon[mouthshire] by J Kyrle Fletcher Esq about 1915. The muskets bear the dates 1762 and 1763 and the Regt. title. The hangers have the regt title but were not dated'.