A fine and rare English C.1650 Hunting Military Hanger Sword. This is the type of sword that was used both as a hunting sword and also a short military hanger. The rather simple design of the sword and lack of overt decoration makes me wonder if it had a functional military purpose and was issued to foot soldiers. The sword comprises an iron hilt with distinctive pierced shellguard and D-shaped knucklebow that is not attached to the pommel – this was a very typical feature of military swords of the 17th Century. The downward quillon is also quite long with a rounded finial. The grip is made from staghorn and the blade is plain and single-fullered, double-edged towards the point. Condition of the sword is very good for its great age and there is consequent age staining to the blade. The hilt is in fine shape, with no repairs or restoration. Blade length is 21 inches (25 inches overall).
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