Cutlass or Hanger?

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paul.mercer
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Cutlass or Hanger?

Post by paul.mercer » Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:25 pm

Gentlemen,
This may be a bit later than 1860, but in 'Nelsonian' days when boarding ships was in vogue the crew were often issued with 'Hanger', so what is the difference between that and a Cutlass - is it that one is curved and the other straight?

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Re: Cutlass or Hanger?

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Re: Cutlass or Hanger?

Post by Byron Angel » Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:47 pm

Cannot confirm with absolutely full satisfaction, but the term "hanger" I believe probably refers to the means of securing the cutlass to the person when not actually in use. Contrary to Hollywood historiography, sailors did not generally carry their cutlasses between their teeth ..... :angel:

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