British 1751 Infantry Short Sword. American Revolutionary Hanger

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Rare 1751 pattern British infantry hanger made by Woolley & Deakin of Birmingham.

The P1751 was issued to British infantrymen and saw service during the Seven Years War (1754-1763). These short swords were also used by both the British and American forces during the American War of Independence (1775-1783). The hanger was considered a secondary weapon to the infantryman’s musket and bayonet and was used when opposing forces met in close quarter battle. The use of these short swords continued into the early 19th Century.

The 579mm single-edged blade has a narrow fuller below the flat spine. The blade is in good condition for its 200 plus years of age and use and terminates in a hatchet point. The blade is free of active rust and retains its fighting edge with shallow pitting and areas of tarnish.

The forte on both sides bears the royal cypher of King George III (1760-1820). The maker’s details are also faintly marked on one side.

The classic heart shaped brass guard has two side bars joining the knuckle bow and a flattened rear quillon. The cast brass grip is spirally grooved with a ball pommel and button through which the sword’s tang is peened. The blade is firm in the hilt.

This is a fine example of a rare British 18th Century infantryman’s short sword of the type used during the American War for Independence.


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