A Mid 17th Century English Hunting Hanger with Silver-Encrusted Hilt
64.2cm curved double-fullered blade retaining traces of maker's name, iron hilt with downturned shell-guard, D-shaped knuckleguard and flat pommel encrusted overall with flowers and foliage in silver, antler grip, in a later steel mounted leather scabbard, the locket with frog stud. (The blade with recent polishing)
- This sword was sold by Christies on May 16, 1973 as lot 66 in 'The J. F. R. Winsbury Collection of Arms, Armour and Militaria'. The catalogue description mentioned its original scabbard as having an attached note connecting the sword to Captain John Jackson. It also mentions its present scabbard made by Cullum as being present. (See also above footnote)
The sword also appeared in the Journal of the Arms and Armour Society, Vol.1, No.2, September 1955 in a dedicated article entitled 'An English Hanger or Cutlass', written by Winsbury. It contains further information about this sword and a good account of Captain Jackson's career. It also includes the full text written on the sword's original scabbard as follows:
'Memorandum. This sword with a Buckhorn Handle and a Steel Guard Studded with Silver, was given me above 30 years ago my Mrs. Susanna Jackson in 1818. She informed me that it had been worn by one of her Ancestors at the Battle of La Hogue which took place in 1692 in the reign of William the 3rd. I find by the papers that there was a John Jackson the Grandfather of the said Susanna Jackson described as of Crayford, Mariner, who most likely was the person referred to, as there does not appear to have been anyone of the family in the sea service, except the above mentioned mariner. (Signed) Jackson Hunt Decr 1843'. A Jackson pedigree appeared on the reverse of the scabbard and its transcription is also included in this same article.
Further details are included in the lot.