Object Title

Hanger (A) and associated Scabbard (B)

Hanger (A) and associated Scabbard (B)



Object Number

IX.5390 A-B


Purchased at auction, Kent Sales, Sale No. 196, March 1994, lot 712.

Physical Description

(A) Sword:

Hilt: brass D-ring with rear quillon terminating in disc finial. Cap pommel, with concentric linear decoration. Grooved wooden grip covered with fish-skin and with plain brass ferrule towards the blade. The button for a catch is set into the inside of the guard, but the rest of the mechanism is missing.

Blade: Curved, single-edged, with broad shallow fuller and terminating in spear point with a chamfer to the back-edge rising 197 mm (7.75 in) from the tip.

(B) Scabbard:

Black leather, stitched down the centre of the inside face. Bright steel mounts consisting of top locket and chape, both with bracket cut edges and simple band of linear decoration. Vertical staple attached to the outer face of the top locket. The mouth is not designed to take a catch.


Dimensions: Overall length: 685 mm (27 in), blade length: 545 mm (21.5 in), blade width: 21 mm (1.25 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

Blade etched: (outside) 'HANLEY . BORO . POLICE'; (inside) 'PARKER / FIELD & SON / 233 / Holborn / London'.


Places Britain


According to W.E. May and P.G.W. Annis, 'Swords for Sea Service', London, 1970, Vol. II, p.297, the name of Parker Field and Sons is recorded at the (High) Holborn address from 1842 until 1876. For further references on the firm see entry for IX.469, under Notes.
The lack of adaptation of the inside of the mouth and the fact that the lockets are steel rather than brass have led to the scabbard being deemed associated!