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Hanger or Hunting Sword: HEN.M.283-1933

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Object information

Titles

Hanger or Hunting Sword

Maker(s)

Unknown (Maker)

Description

Hilt mounts of lines (once gilded); grip of brown polished wood, spirally fluted in alternating wide and narrow grooves, finished with a cap and tang button of brass. There is a small pelta-shaped guard in front, cast in one piece like a small ring-guard enclosing a plate, below the short, thick, scroll-ended quillons. Blade broad, curved, back-edged, with hollowed faces. The back-edge is sharpened for some 15 cm (6") up from the point. At the forte, it is engraved on each side in a kind of copperplate script with the opening verses of the Gospel according to St. John, in German: 'Am angang was das wort, wud das wort was bei Gott, und Gott was das Wort...…'.

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 81.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart

Dating

18th century
Circa 1720 CE - 1740 CE

Note

This very typical hunting hanger has an inscription of the first verses of St John’s Gospel, beginning on one side: Am anfang war das wort… (In the beginning was the word), and continuing on the other side: Es war in der welt… (he was in the world).

Components of the work

Hilt: composed of gilt Width 15 cm
Grip: composed of wood (plant material) Sword: composed of steel Cap: composed of brass (alloy) Tang Button: composed of brass (alloy) Blade: Length 66.5 cm Width 3.7 cm
Quillons: Width 8.7 cm
Forte:

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: the opening verses of St. John's Gospel

  • Text: Am angang was das wort, wud das wort was bei Gott, und Gott was das Wort
  • Location: On blade
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in a kind of copperplate script
  • Text: 283H
  • Tag

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.283-1933
Primary reference Number: 19074
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 4 May 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 5 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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