American Revolution Officers Hanger
Museum Deaccession

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Presented is a Revolutionary Period hanger or saber
that was made for the American Market. It has a wire wrapped, leather covered wood grip, and a very rare pierced
bronze cross guard with four open panels on either side of a circle that extends into a sturdy pierced stirrup guard
that dates to this period. There is no scabbard. The flat pommel and back strap are a single piece.  The accession
number, 56.3.7, appears on the front of the reverse side of the guard. The curved 26″ single edge, plain blade has one narrow
fuller extending from the hilt 19″ by 1/4″ at its widest. The design is very similar to the early American sabers
of this period, but they were made entirely of iron.
 

PROVENANCE: Purchased by Norm Flayderman, Wallingford Hall, Kennebunk, Maine on September 8, 1956; “From the most
important American Sword Collection of Philip Medicus, New York, New York”. Then to a museum, Accession number 56.3.7. Deacession
to benefit the Museum Collection Fund.

 

 


Pierced brass cross guard and Medicus provenance tag

 

CONDITION: The hilt is slightly loose.The blade is sharp more
so toward the tip. and shows use based on the edge. It is slightly loose. The grip is wood with leather over which has shrunk
at the guard about 1/4″ on the reverse and more on the obverse.  All the wire
wrap is present. There is a crack on the reverse vertical lower guard, but it is rigid.
The blade’s color varies from light to dark Grey with dark blotches present. There is little evidence of pitting.


Mottled Grey colored blade with single fuller

 

 

 

DIMENSIONS: Length overall 31
1/8″  Length of blade 26″
Width 1 1/4       Thickness 1/4″
The hilt is 4 7/8″

Weight 1 lb 5 oz

 

 
  Similar hanger, Ca 1780-83, from the Wilbur Estate, sold
at auction in January, 2011
by Skinner, Boston, for $94,800.00.

 

                          Pierced
stirrup guard and shrunken leather wrap

 

REFERENCES:

The American Sword, 1775-1945, by
Harold E. Peterson
Swords & Blades of the American Revolution by George C. Neumann

FLAT RATE INSURED SHIPPING to 48 contiguous States $35.00

 

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