One of the rarest of British military swords and a "must have" for many collectors.
This 1850's Dundas artillery hanger is in very good condition with an even salt and pepper patina to the blade and a honeyed patina to the solid brass hilt and D-guard. The blade remains bright, sharp and firm in the hilt.
The 72 cm single edged blade is very slightly curved and has a flat spine and a false upper edge, which tapers to a spear point. The blade is 33mm wide at the ricasso with minimal taper along its length.
The spine is thick with a distal taper taking it from 8mm at the ricasso, down to 0.5 mm at the point, making it a well-balanced and handy fighting sword. The edge has been service sharpened.
The under-side of the ricasso bears a Birmingham inspection stamp and the spine is engraved with the maker's name, "Deakin," a well renowned Birmingham maker.
Despite being a solid and useful sword, very few of these artillery hangers were made, even fewer saw service. The few that were made ended up as customs officers side arms.