An unusual English C.1770’s Infantry Detachable Slot-hilt Hanger Sword. This is quite an interesting sword with regards to the design of the hilt bars. The single, sweeping hilt guard is attached to the bottom of the slot hilt via an open slot and at the top of the hilt, it is attached with a screw. This probably indicates that this hilt bar was detachable and could be removed to provide a more traditional style of slot-hilt English hanger. This could even have had a dress function because the removal of the detachable hilt bar would have made the sword more manageable when worn against a uniform. Whatever the purpose, this is the first hilt type of this style of sword that I have ever seen. The sword also comprises a ribbed ebony grip – with some commensurate age splits.
The bottom of the hilt is open and slotted. The blade is single-fullered and has the running fox mark associated with the Birmingham based Harvey family of sword makers to both sides of the blade. In good overall condition and retaining all its original dark age patina to the metal. Blade length is 27 inches (33.5 inches overall).
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