Category: hangers

British Pattern 1816 Rifleman’s or Pioneer’s Sword

55.5 cm curved blade by REEVES, with double edged clipped back point, regulation brass stirrup hilt with Lion’s head pommel and ribbed grip, contained in its brass mounted leather scabbard.

British Prison Warder’s Cutlass, 19th Century

Steel guard and pommel, with leather scabbard with steel fittings.

Short Swords For Different Jobs

British Coast Guard Cutlass, c.1820-1860

63 cm single edge curved fullered steel blade, the gilt brass stirrup hilt with single bar guard, scroll quillon and ribbed iron grip, the pommel marked 16, lacks scabbard, 75 cm. Black patching and nicks to blade. Nicks to edge of crossguard.

A similar pattern was also used by the Hospital Corps.

British Police Cutlass, 19th Century

With curved fullered blade, fish skin grip and brass hilt, brass mounted leather scabbard, length of blade 60 cm, overall length in scabbard 77.5 cm.



British Police Constabulary Short Sword dates from the mid to late 19th Century and is nicely identified on the knuckleguard 4th Division Cheshire Constabulary. It is mounted with a slightly curved blade that measures 22 ¾ inches in length which remains in good condition however does have some old surface pitting scars and staining. The brass stirrup guard is simple in design and frames a fishskin covered hilt that remains tight and in healthy condition. The leather scabbard wears brass fittings and although is a little crackly does remain in good serviceable condition. Overall measuring 28 ¼ inches in length. 

Photos from (Item

144717) and Illustrated London News, October 19th, 1867 (London police performing cutlass exercise).


British Police Cutlass, 19th Century

The Marshall’s Office, Mansion House, London, Official’s Side Arm c. Mid 19th C, the 44.5 cm curved broad blade with single fuller and spear point is unmarked, ribbed black composition hand grip with stirrup shaped hand guard, quillon and back strap, this engraved with ‘Marshall’s Office, Mansion House, London No.5’, together with its black leather brass mounted scabbard.

This is the second cutlass from Mansion House to come to the market this month! 

Mansion House is the home and office of the Lord Mayor of London. The Marshall’s Office may have been associated with the magistrates’ court which was located in Mansion House. I assume that a store of similar swords was kept there for whatever law enforcement officers were present at Mansion House.


British Chest of Arms, c.1830

Made by Woolley, Sargant and Fairfax. Pine Chest containing twelve flintlock musketoons, pistols, bayonets and cutlasses

Photo from the Butterfield & Butterfield auction catalog for the Charles Bremner Hogg Jackson bequest to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in October of 1996, and now in the collection of the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

British Police Cutlass, 19th Century

By Parker Field & Son, London with plain guard and shaped wooden handle in original leather scabbard with belt strap, by John Ireland & Son, stamped DMP 585, approx. 61 cm (24").

Hanger, 18th Century

This elegant ‘hanger’ probably dates from the mid-1700s and likely had a naval heritage—shorter swords like this being more effective weapons for fighting in the confined spaces of warships. Bone grips are also associated with service within the famous East India Company.

Two identical stamps can be found on the blade, one on either side, which I haven’t been able to identify. The three fullers suggest a German origin for the blade but overall the design is similar to some of the naval hangers made by the famous Birmingham sword-maker Samuel Harvey. The blade is still relatively sharp and ends in a nice clipped point, an uncommonly found feature. The stirrup-hilt has a more pleasing shape to it than most of its stablemates, being waisted across the crossguard.