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Sword, scabbard, wrist grip and tassel

Object Number: 
X.129ab
Date: 
ca. 1800
Medium: 
Steel, brass, textile; leather, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 29 x 4 3/4 x 1 in. ( 73.7 x 12.1 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on underside of hilt on reverse side: "P. ECK"
Description: 
Sword (hanger) with curved, single-edged steel blade; brass knuckle-bow, quillon, grip with parallel ridges, and domed pommel cast in one piece; red and white tassel attached to long strip of white and blue cloth tape; leather scabbard with brass throat with circular frog stud and brass tip with ball terminal.
Gallery Label: 
This sword is identified as a French infantry hanger in the accession records. This identification was based on an illustration in Smithsonian Institution Bulletin No. 163 (p. 130).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group