Hanger (Hunting Sword)

Hanger (Hunting Sword)


Steel; gold and silver damascened hilt

Support: Damascened hilt

Overall: 73 cm (28 3/4 in.); Blade: 57.7 cm (22 11/16 in.); Quillions: 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.)

Weight: 660 g (1.46 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1629

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The swordsmith's mark, a crowned stag visible on the blade below the hilt, is unidentified.


Damascening, the technique of hammering gold and silver wires into grooves cut to receive them, enlivens this sword's hilt. Further texture was added with wires to improve the user's grip, which allowed him to hunt with more control and accuracy. Hunting was a popular sport among the wealthy and many nobles owned tracts of forest, but peasants were prohibited from hunting on these lands.

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