Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1760-1820

Object Number

IX.6800

Provenance

Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First registered in Brick Tower Store, Rack 9H, 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.
Pommel lacks tang-button; outer loop-guard broken near root; hole drilled through inside of guard; leather 'buffpiece' present.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 765 mm (30 1/8 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 635 mm (25 in.), Blade width, at buff-piece: 31 mm (1.25 in.), Weight: 910 g (2 lb 0 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on inside, facing blade: '?B . CM' over 'A.2' (the character before the B has been mostly removed by a drilled hole (one upright stroke is visible).On blade, on outside, at the extreme base and partly obscured by the hilt, stamped: a character of which one oblique stroke only is visible (poosibly W, M, V or A).On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 8.

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.534, under Notes.
The VTR/BT/Swds refers to the blade being painted but this has since been cleaned off.