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Title Cornish Militia hanger, 1751 pattern
Nationality English
Period c 1751
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The Cornish Militia was raised c 1666 and remained as a unit until the end of the Napoleonic Wars. This 1751 pattern (with a cast brass hilt) replaced an earlier, simpler version with a brass-bound wood hilt. By 1776, they were only carried by sergeants of line infantry; ordinary infantrymen carried simply a musket and bayonet.

It is marked 'SH' within a running fox on the both sides of the forte, almost certainly for Samuel Harvey of Birmingham. The guard is marked 'M CORNWALL' (Cornish Militia).

The condition is scruffy, but it has a 24.5" blade, somewhat cribbled at the point, with losses from midway on the edge. The blade also has medium pitting throughout. The quillon has been broken off and there is a small split to the back of the guard. The guard is loose around the tang of the blade on account of the original leather washer long since having disintegrated. There is no scabbard.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Swords : English : 18th Century]


Hello Chris, just to let you know that I received the parcel, very pleased with it.

C T, UK, 08.03.2006

Thank you, Chris. All arrived safely. Very quickly too, much quicker than from the US! Very satisfied. It is a nice sword.

Anyway, thanks again and I have marked your site for future interest.

T P, New Zealand, 04.04.2005