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Rapier hanger
  • Rapier hanger
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • South Germany
  • c. 1610 - c. 1620
    19th century (top triangle of leather replacement)
  • Leather and steel
  • Weight: 0.355 kg
  • A1066
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
Further Reading
  • Hanger of a rapier belt, made of black leather composed of three strips, at the top is a steel hook for suspension attached by a triple-tongued shank; each strip has at the base three loops adjusted by buckles; through the loops passes a strap with a steel buckle, chape, tag and hook for attachment to the front of the sword belt. The surface is tooled with lines and decorated with a stitched arabesque.

    South German, about 1610-20.

    Meyrick Catalogue, no. 543(?), Hangers . . . stamped leather, from the Royal Armoury at Dresden.

    Possibly this is the hanger delineated in Skelton's unpublished vol. III of the Meyrick Collection preserved in the library at Hertford House.

    In the Historisches Museum at Dresden are a number of similar hangers which are believed to have been worn by the Saxon Guard. See also Z.H.W.K., Band 9, Heft 4, Taf. IV. The manner of wearing such a hanger is well illustrated by the complete belt and hanger preserved at Vienna (Boeheim, Album I, pl. XXX, fig. 1); see also p. 290 of Boeheim.

    The top triangle of leather is a 19th-century replacement. A flap of leather hangs down on the inside of each set of slides to save the clothes from wear.
    For a discussion of this type of hanger see Norman and Barne, 1980, pp. 293-303.