Object Title

Hanger

Hanger

Date

1760-1820

Object Number

IX.7886

Provenance

Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned 4 April 1988 following return from loan to Didcot (probably the Royal Ordnance Depot there but not stated in VTR/Gen.).

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.
Hole drilled through iner shell; small nicks in cutting edge of blade, towards tip.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 768 mm (30 1/2 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 630 mm (24 13/16 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 32 mm (1.25 in.) Weight: 835 g (1 lb 13 1/2 oz).

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 3.On blade, on inside, near hilt, stamped: a broad arrow flanked by B and O (BO).On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: I.GILL.

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 Gill, see entry for IX.257, under Notes.