English ‘1742 Pattern’ Infantry Hanger
Slightly curved hanger blade with hatchet point, single fuller, 25½ inches (65cm), overall length 31½ inches (80cm). Cast brass heart-shaped hilt with short quillon and knucklebow, grip with diagonal grooves on one side and smooth on the other, round pommel. No scabbard.
These swords are not a true regulation ‘pattern’ but a commonly observed type seen from around 1730 to 1750. Regiments in this era were supplied not from centralized army stores but at the personal expense of their commander, who might choose to buy a common ‘off the shelf’ model or follow his personal preference.
Sturdy, weather-resistant and simple to produce, hangers like these were widely used by English regiments and a similar version was made and used in Germany. Many were exported to colonies in North America, leading to their widespread use in the French & Indian Wars and the American Revolutionary War.
The blade has been previously polished, giving it a high decorative quality. There are a few small nicks to the blade around its midsection and some very small patches of pitting in the same area. The brass of the hilt has not been polished and retains an even aged patina, with the usual minor dents and some brown spotting. It has one small crack near where the knucklebow meets the hilt, but remains solid with no movement. The quillon is bent slightly to one side.