Revolutionary War English Hanger
|This type of sword had considerable service with American
and British forces during the French & Indian War and American Revolution.
The sword bears the maker's mark
of Samuel Harvey. Harvey's mark, the "running
fox" is stamped on both sides of the blade. The sword has a double-branch
pattern with a dished heart-shaped
counterguard without raised borders. Replicas
of this sword were used as props in the "The Patriot," a motion
picture staring Mel Gibson.
This sword is identical to the English Hanger, Plate 19.S, in George Neumann's book Swords & Blades of the American Revolution.
|The hanger was originally used by the infantry to supplement their muskets during close fighting. As the 18th century progressed and the bayonet gained acceptance, the hanger gradually lost favor. By the end of the Revolutionary War, they were mostly in the hands of sergeants.|
Fighting with bayonets & swords