Stock Ref: AST 1670

A good example of a British Infantryman’s hanger by a rarer maker probably produced for either the Militia or the Navy during the Napoleonic Wars or for export.

This sword has been reserved until the 1 November 2017

72cm (28.25”) slightly curved blade with flat back, single edged and hatchet point. There is one narrow fuller near the back of the blade. The blade is unmarked except for the makers name and an inspection mark Crown over 2.

Brass boatshell guard with rear quillon and single D shaped knuckle bow. Spherical urn shaped pommel with prominent tang button. Simple wooden grip.

Maker: Craven (Thomas Craven traded from Birmingham between 1798 and 1820)

Dated: 1798-1815

No scabbard

The sword is in good condition for its age. The blade has suffered earlier rust damage which has left an overall patination and some minor pitting to the back of the blade and near the point. The brass grip is in very good order and firm on the tang. There is one small split in the wooden grip. There is no evidence that the grip was wired.

It is known that Thomas Craven was awarded an Ordnance contract for 1750 Cutlasses in c1798 of which 200 were supplied in 1798 and a further 200 in 1804. As by this time this pattern of sword  was no longer carried by the British Infantry it is possible that these ‘Hangers’ are the cutlasses referred to in the contract. It is known that this type of weapon was carried by the Militia and was also used on merchant and naval ships during the Napoleonic War, and that in the early 19th Century they were also exported to India.

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