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British Hanger Naval Officers' Sword by Thomas Gill, Ca 1797

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BRITISH NAVAL HANGER
 PILLOW POMMEL
by Thomas Gill Ca 1797
 



Presented is a very rare example of a Pillow Pommel style hanger that found favor with Naval and military officers in England, France and America before regulation military swords became prevalent. The curved, very wide and large fuller blade has a single edge. It is without embellishments except for the prominent letter "G" on the ricasso which is the known mark of Thomas Gill. The Gill family were important Birmingham sword makers from the time of the American Revolution until the 1820's. They had a factory on Masshouse Lane which has survived to the present.

The gilt washed hilt has a scalloped knuckle and side guard. The pillow tang stands proud and is secured by a round nut. The grip is reeded wood on the reverse and cattle bone on the obverse. It was professionally done and works well. All the sword's fittings are tight.

Jan Piet Puype, former chief curator of the Dutch Army Museum and recognized authority on this topic has this to say about the hilt. "I can imagine that those who assembled the Gill hanger in the U.S. carefully sawed the ivory grip in two halves and use each half on a sword."

   Grooved ivory grip obverse
    Grooved wood grip reverse


The original black leather scabbard has two gilt mounts, the upper with a frog button, two with suspension rings, and a gilt end cap at the tip. As is common, it has shrunk over the years and is approximately 1 inch short. There is about 50 percent of the gold wash on the two mounts and none on the tip. The leather is mostly in good condition considering its age. Stitching is missing between the upper and middle band, but all tight on the remaining length. There is some flaking, checking and two horizontal splits where the mounts cut through the leather. However, with the saber in the scabbard the break is mostly hidden and it has all its parts, but care must be used in its handling.

            Upper scabbard band, ring and frog button 

                        Middle scabbard band and suspension ring
OVERALL CONDITION:
Except for the joined grip, the hilt is in excellent condition with 50 percent of its gold wash present, and everything is tight. The blade shows the usual look of age with light to darkest grey mottling, but very little pitting. The edge has one nick at the center, and a series of very tiny nicks elsewhere. The leather scabbard has shrunk, has all its hardware, and is described above.

DIMENSIONS:

LOA   32"   1 1/4" W   1/4" T        Hilt 5 1/8" x 1" W x 11/16" T       Blade  26 7/8“
Fuller 23 3/4" L x 7/8" W               Weight 1 lb 7 oz

PROVENANCE: This type of weapon, which was preferred by Naval Officers, is well documented in various sword collecting books such as Bill Glikerson's, “Boarder's Away“ on page 120-121, who discusses a similar sword known to be Commodore Preble's fighting sword (1797-1805). A comparison of the two is shown below:

 This sword shown above Commodore Preble's. See “Boarder's Away“. Scale Slightly different

Other recommended books are Peter Tuite's, "U.S. Naval Officer's: Their Swords & Dirks". More recently published, in limited edition, is Comfort's "Naval Swords & Dirks" a two volume set of which we are a U.S. distributor. Click here http://landandseacollection.com/id541.html

 




This is a are example of an early British hanger which is Worthy of a serious collector who is looking for something special


 

                            Obverse side of blade showing wood grip and long, wide fuller

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Photo Commodore Preble's sword courtesy William Glikerson, copyright 1991 by Andrew Mowbray. All Rights reserved

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