English Hanger, Mid-17th Century
With curved fullered blade double-edged and widening towards the point, cut with a series of notches along the back and incised with waved lines between dots along the back edge on both sides, long ricasso struck twice on each side with a maker’s mark, a crowned recumbent stag (?), hilt comprising lobed rear quillon with small button terminal, side-guard with central double swelling divided by a slender oval and enclosing a pair of short scrolls, knuckle-guard with central feature en suite and secured by a screw to the pommel, the latter with a beaked heart-shaped top and button finial, and natural buckhorn grip with central and basal moulded iron ferrules. 58 cm blade. The bladesmith’s mark appears to be that of Jaspar Bongen [of Solingen].