Woolley Hanger?

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Woolley Hanger?

Postby Bryce » Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:55 am

G'day Guys,

Saw this sword on ebay recently. Any ideas as to what it is?

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Re: Woolley Hanger?

Postby Richard » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:57 am

A composite piece? Grip looks new.
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Re: Woolley Hanger?

Postby sword335 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:18 pm

Blade and hilt look contemporary and probably do belong together but you can see that it's been apart to replace the grip. Late 18th. Century Infantry hanger - Militia ?

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Re: Woolley Hanger?

Postby Will Mathieson » Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:13 pm

Canada has very similar hangers usually unmarked and less the langets. Believed to be carried by Hessians with artillery.
Both of these were found in Picton area.
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Re: Woolley Hanger?

Postby Bryce » Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:05 am

G'day Guys,

Will, they do look very similar. In some ways the grip is also similar to the British "Spanish Pattern" artillery swords, so maybe there is an artillery connection.
The seller thought the grip was ebony, so it may not be as new as it looks?

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Re: Woolley Hanger?

Postby sword335 » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:52 am

Unusual to have an ebony grip on an other rank's sword but I suppose anything is possible. However, as you can just see in the second photo, the tang has been disturbed which usually indicates work on the grip. After all, it could have been done 100 years ago.

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Re: Woolley Hanger?

Postby Will Mathieson » Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:22 pm

The langets appear to be a later addition. I've never seen Woolley make langets like this one has. Possibly the French modified this one?
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Re: Woolley Hanger?

Postby Bryce » Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:35 am

G'day Guys,

The ebony grip is definitely at odds with the rest of the sword. Whenever it was added it seems to be well done.
Another mystery.

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Re: Woolley Hanger?

Postby Will Mathieson » Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:44 am

Looking at the langets again they have no minor dings as does the guard they are attached to. To me they appear as a later addition.
The leather blade washer looks correct and they tend to shrink as this one has, very similar to one of my hangers.
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