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Sword

Object Number: 
1920.76
Date: 
1770-1812
Medium: 
Steel, brass, ivory
Dimensions: 
Overall: 29 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 1 in. ( 74.9 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Sword (hanger) with curved, single-edged steel blade with half-width fuller and etched designs (now faint) on obverse and reverse; brass stirrup hilt with simple langets on obverse and reverse and a quillon that curves down abruptly and terminates in a disk finial; ivory grip with carved ridges; brass pommel with strip that extends to ferrule (now missing) at base of grip.
Gallery Label: 
This sword is referred to in the accession records as a "U.S. Infantry saber (or hanger)," an identification based on an illustration in Smithsonian Institution Bulletin No. 163 (p. 24). It was received with a tag attached that described it as a "hanger / Revolutionary or War of 1812 / found at Tarrytown on Hudson, 1870."
Credit Line: 
Gift of Captain Lawrence Timson
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group