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Presented by F.H. Cripps-Day Esq., 1942.

Physical Description

Iron hilt covered with gold foil hammered on to a hatched ground. Tubular grip, the upper part forming the pommel which is in the shape of a stylized bird's head. Quillons of flattened oval section and and recurved in the plane of the blade, and a small single shell guard inclined towards the blade.
Very short curved blade of falchion shape near tip, with 39 mm (1.5 in) ricasso and false edge for the last 125 mm (4.9 in).


Dimensions: Overall length: 510 mm (20.1 in), Blade length: 390 mm (15.3 in), Blade width: 32 mm (1.3 in) Weight: 1 lb 2 oz (500 g)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, stamped: illegible mark, perhaps a crowned R.


Places Britain

Bibliographic References

M. D. Coe, et. al., Swords and Hilt Weapons, London, 1989, p. 77 (bottom right ill.).


Display label in (Tower) Hunting & Sporting Gallery (to 1991), 'c. 1610'.
A small group of swords with similar hilts is knowm: IX.1779 (from Farleigh Hungerford); IX.1424; Waddesdon Manor, Rothschild Collection, Blair 1974, cat. no. 19; Livrustkammar, Stockholm, no. C.XV.4624; Folk Museum Lillehammer (Sandvig Collection), no. 15306; two in the Claude Blair Collection (at 1974) (CHK) (one ex H.L. Peterson Collection, Washington); Musée de l'Armée, Pauillac no. 2191 (deposited at the Maison de la Chasse et de la Nature) (undated note in IBE.).
For the group generally, including descriptions of and further information on some of the foregoing examp[les, see: C. Blair, 'The James A. de Rothschild collection at Waddesdon Manor : arms, armour and base-metalwork', London: National Trust, 1974, under cat. no. 19; A.V.B. Norman, 'Some Hanger Hits of the early 17th Century', K. Stüber and H. Wetter (eds),'Blankwaffen: feschtrift Hugo Schneider', Zurich, 1982, pp. 79-86. A possibly Scottish origin for these hangers was suggested by A.V.B. Norman in 'A note on some hangers, possibly of Scottish Origin', 'Procs of the Soc. of Antiquaries of Scotland', 116, 1986, pp. 581-2 (quotes Randle Home 1682, p. 126 referring to a 'Scots falchion').
Hilts of this type are shown in portraits of Henry, Prince of Wales, and John, Lord Harrington, dated 1603 in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (note in IBE for IX.1424; in a portrait called 'The Earl of Arundel' which, if correctly identified, dates to 1613 (inscribed 'Aetatis Suae 50'), offered to the National Portrait Gallery in Feb. 1898 by Mr Granville Myers (photo in N.P.G. and A.V.B.N.'s files) - the hilt is very similar to IX.759 according to A.V.B.N. (note in IBE); in a portrait of Sir Thomas Cecil, dated 1618, in Peterborough Art Gallery; and in a portrait of Colonel William Salesbury, dated 1632, in the posession of Lord Bagot, at Blithfield, Staffordshire (illustrated in Norman Tucker, 'Denbighshire Officers in the Civil War', Denbigh, n.d. ['c'.1972]).