Info Favorites Register Log in
myArmoury.com Discussion Forums

Forum index Memberlist Usergroups Spotlight Topics Search
Forum Index > Historical Arms Talk > 17th Century Dutch Sword Hilt? Reply to topic
This is a standard topic  
Author Message
Jeremiah Stager




Location: University of Alabama
Joined: 31 Aug 2016

Posts: 2

PostPosted: Wed 31 Aug, 2016 12:37 pm    Post subject: 17th Century Dutch Sword Hilt?         Reply with quote

Hello All,

I work for the Office of Archaeological Research at the University of Alabama and am hoping to get some further information about a sword hilt that was excavated in 1958. I believe that it is brass, but the weight of the grip made me suspect bronze. From what little I have been able to research, it seems to be 17th or 18th century and dutch in origin. I would really like to know for sure and maybe somebody knows more about their history than I do. I am not too shabby with trade gun hardware, but I almost never have to deal with sword hardware. The blade was still present when it was excavated but was unrecoverable. Thank you in advance.



 Attachment: 76.39 KB
[ Download ]

Recreating the past for the present and future.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
GG Osborne





Joined: 21 Mar 2006

Spotlight topics: 1
Posts: 474

PostPosted: Wed 31 Aug, 2016 1:00 pm    Post subject: Sword Hilt         Reply with quote

Jeremiah,

What you have is not Dutch. It is English from the early part of the 18th Century and is made of brass. This particular type of sword is called a hanger and was used as an infantry side-arm. I have an original in my collection that is identical to your specimen. These type hangers are very often associated with naval service rather than army use. In many instances, the older weapons in storage were issued to the navy and the newer type (which were often lighter and less expensive) were issued to marching regiments. My guess is what you excavated is something that was a trophy or a trade good. Hilts of this type have been excavated before in Amerindian sites, especially in the Southeast.

Hope this helps!

"Those who live by the sword...will usually die with a huge, unpaid credit card balance!"
View user's profile Send private message
GG Osborne





Joined: 21 Mar 2006

Spotlight topics: 1
Posts: 474

PostPosted: Wed 31 Aug, 2016 1:35 pm    Post subject: Sword         Reply with quote

Oh, BTW, a firm called The Rifle Shoppe makes a reproduction of this very hilt as a rough casting. You can find them on the internet.
Glenn

"Those who live by the sword...will usually die with a huge, unpaid credit card balance!"
View user's profile Send private message
Jeremiah Stager




Location: University of Alabama
Joined: 31 Aug 2016

Posts: 2

PostPosted: Wed 31 Aug, 2016 1:51 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well, hush my mouth. Thank you.
Recreating the past for the present and future.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail


Display posts from previous:   
Forum Index > Historical Arms Talk > 17th Century Dutch Sword Hilt?
Page 1 of 1 Reply to topic
All times are GMT - 8 Hours

View previous topic :: View next topic
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum






All contents © Copyright 2003-2018 myArmoury.com — All rights reserved
Discussion forums powered by phpBB © The phpBB Group
Switch to the Basic Low-bandwidth Version of the forum