Late 18C (circa 1783) British Infantry Hanger
/ Sword by Gill, for sale
In good condition, a rare late 18C (circa 1783) British Infantry
Hanger / Sword by Thomas Gill of Birmingham.
Technically a 1740 model / pattern British infantry sword but made
by Thomas Gill, so circa 1783 to 1785, which proves this pattern
of sword was still in mainstream use right through the American
Revolutionary War / American War of Independence. Gill was noted
for his quality and strength of blade, so this is a real fighting
sword which was issued to a British regular infantry regiment, quite
possibly one returning from that war. Unlike other 1740P's, this
one once had a twisted silver metal grip, hence the patterning on
the wooden base now exposed; a new one could be made to replace
the original as the base is still very much sound. The twin Broad
Arrow marks showing the sword was issued and later decommissioned.
27 3/4 Inch blade in good condition and firm in the hilt / grip.
The brass hilt in good condition. The wooden grip base also good.
Early Gill made swords like this one are scarce. So £700
for this quality fighting sword is a very good price indeed. Please
quote item reference number AE95. Further / full sized pictures
available upon request. Box 1034-1m (1.656).