Sword, Short sword or hanger

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  • America
  • Ca. 1770-1790
  • Iron/steel, cast brass and wood
  • Acquisition funded by the Friends of Colonial Williamsburg Collections
  • 2003-15

Infantry hanger with brass hilt composed of plain stirrup guard and hollow brass grip (two identical castings brazed together along the sides, enclosing a wooden core). Pommel cast integrally with the grip and delineated from it with an incised line. Grip embellished on each side with 3 pairs of diagonally incised lines, which also likely serve to improve one's grip on the weapon.

The European blade is slightly curved with a single edge and no fillers. Additionally there is a slight ricasso & false edge, and an iron-steel join is visible at the forte.

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