An English “Hounslow” hanger
An English “Hounslow” hanger, mid 17th century. The curved single edged blade is swollen towards the tip, cut with 2 full length fullers, and etched with the crowned Royal Arms of the Stuarts as Kings of England, with “Virtus Vo…. Superbus” and “Inter Arma ident Leges”. On the reverse side are etched hunting dogs. The iron hilt of classic “Hounslow” form, the guard is pierced and chiselled with a mounted rider holding a sword which may represent Charles 1st. Retaining its original spiral carved wooden grip. The sword is worn overall, but retains a good age patina. The grip covering is missing
Blade length 22½” (57cms) Overall length 27” (69cms)
“inter arma silent leges” is Cicero’s famous adage from Pro Milone “in time of war, the law falls silent”.