Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1760-1820

Object Number

IX.6809

Provenance

Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First registered in Brick Tower Store, Rack 9J, 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 3 - egg-shaped pommel, moulded above and below, with prominent tang-button. Type Specimen: IX.6801.
Rear quillon removed; hilt slightly loose on blade; leather 'buff-piece' present; nicks to cutting edge of blade, towards the tip; blade tip ground off.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 750 mm (29 1/2 in.), Blade length, back edge by buff-piece to tip: 614 mm (24 3/16 in.), Blade width, at buff-piece: 29 mm (1.15 or approx. 1 1/8 in.) Weight: 755 (1 lb 10 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on outside, stamped: (near base) crown over '2'; almost at base 'SS' (possibly S.S or SC); (further up) crown over GR.On blade, on inside, stamped: (further up): crown over GR (the G hardly there).On the blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: O.....n (probably Osborn or Osborne).

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.534, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Osborn(e), see entry for IX.245, under Notes.