C.1690’s English Hunting Naval Officer’s Hanger Sword

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A terrific C.1690's English Hunting Naval Officer's Hanger Sword.  This sword is of a type that was popular during the late-17th Century and was initially carried by hunters in the field but it also became the weapon of choice for English naval officers.  This was because of its handy size on board the crowded deck of a man-o-war - these hanger swords were far more manoeuvrable in the hand than contemporary smallswords (although these were still carried by some officers).  The sword comprises a staghorn grip and distinctive fluted pommel and decorated shellguard, featuring a ne-classical figure, foliage and human faces.

German King's Head stamp to blade

The blade is flat-backed and deeply stamped to both sides with a King's Head - this was a common sword makers mar of Solingen, Germany and normally associated with the Wundes family of sword makers.  During this time, many German sword blades were exported to England where they were fitted with brass hilts.  This is probably an example of this.  Condition od the sword is excellent - no damage or repairs.  A very fine piece.  Blade length is 18 inches (24 inches overall).

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