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Title Silver-mounted hunting hanger
Nationality French
Period 1743

The ebony hilt has silver mounts (hallmarked Paris, 1743, with a fully legible maker's mark). This type of weapon would have been used for dispatching large game (eg boar, stag) at the end of the hunt. They were also carried by naval officers as a handy sidearm throughout the 18th century, both in England and France.

The blade has been slightly shortened and is 49 cm (approximately 20 inches) long. The crossguard is slightly loose, the hilt having shrunk somewhat with age.

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

[Edged Weapons : Dirks : French : 18th Century]


The RFC buttons are Wonderful, thank you.

D D, Canada, 11.11.2009

I am more and more pleased with the sword, and am wondering whether to do an article on it...

M M, UK, 04.11.2005