There is ample evidence of swords being carried by British fifers and drummers, but there is little knowledge of their use by American musicians. Ours are copied from a specimen in the Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. The blade is lighter and narrower than the M1742 hangar it strongly resembles and is 23" long verses the usual 25"+ blades most hangars had. But this is a true fighting weapon nonetheless. The length overall is 29". The grip and guard are solid brass. The scabbard is made of heavy 8 ounce leather with a brass throat, locket and chape.