Original British Seven Years War Militia Marked P-1751 Hanger Sword by Samuel Harvey - 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Militia

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a mid 18th Century British Infantryman's "Hanger Sidearm" or Short sword. It is typical of the type used during both the French & Indian War, as well as the American Revolutionary War and Seven Years War.

The brass three bar guard is engraved (M) BEDFORD / 4, indicating that it was from the 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Militia. The blade is slightly curved with a single narrow fuller down each side near the spine, and there is an unmistakable British Military manufacturer mark punched into both sides of the 24 ½” blade. The markings are a “Running Wolf” for maker Samuel Harvey, a cutler that looks to have been based on Birmingham in the 18th century. His markings have been seen on other similar militia hangers of the period. Overall condition is very nice with a great look.

Overall length is 29 ⅞ inches, and it definitely does show age and use, with a great patina.
A lovely example that comes more than ready for further research and display.


Blade length: 24 ½”
Overall length: 29 ⅞”
Handguard: 4 1/2”L x 5”W

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