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The Sword

Hanger

Period:
17th Century
Description:
Hangers were short swords characterised by their slightly sweeping blades.  They were carried for a variety of reasons.  This one with it's russetted steel hilt enriched with silver rosettes and stag-horn grip was probably a gentleman's weapon used for stag hunting but would be equally as useful for self-defense.  These swords were often carried by officers on both sides during the civil war period.  Some swords of this type were manufactured in the Ayrshire town of Kilmaurs, famous for its cutlers.
Place of Production:
England (hilt) Germany (blade)
Materials/Media:
steel, silver, stag-horn
Dimensions:
blade 670mm, hilt 188mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
MA/S79
Digital Number:
EAAM084n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council