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Hanger: HEN.M.289-1933

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The entire hilt is in gilt-brass (?), gilt-bronze (?); some traces of the gilding remain. The hilt (grip and pommel in one) is formed, in Rococo style, of a small elegant hoof springing from a shell-and-sunburnt motif. Knuckle-guard and short rear quillon, which is turned inward against a downturned small pelta-shaped shell-guard, which has a deep rim decorated with acanthus. Blade curved and back-edged with a narrow fuller against the back starting 10.2 cm (4") below the hilt and ending at the sharpened portion of the back-edge. There is a broad and shallow fuller down the middle of the blade. At the forte it is nicely engraved with a standing warrior wearing a tall headdress like a Royal Artillery busby with a carbine slung slantwise across his back. Above his head is a kind of funerary-urn shaped frame enclosing the words V. PANDOUR (vivat Pandour). This is repeated on the reverse. Below the hilt is another lettered inscription, now too worn to decipher, in a longhand script.

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J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 67.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart


18th Century
Circa 1750 CE - 1770 CE


There are very many small hangers of this type and date bearing decorations, incorporating warrior figures, often mounted, and the words Vivat Pandour. This celebrates a gentlemanly unit, of light cavalry raised during the Seven Years' War, famed for its ferocity.

Components of the work

Sword composed of steel
Hilt composed of brass (alloy) Width 13.4 cm
Blade Length 53.6 cm Width 3.2 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: on both sides

  • Text: V. PANDOUR
  • Location: At the forte
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Text: P.B.141
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.289-1933
Primary reference Number: 19089
Old object number: PB 141
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 18 December 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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