Object Title

Leading staff

Leading staff



Object Number



Not recorded in IBE

Physical Description

After 1745. Small blade with upturned wings on base. Tapering socket with reinforcing wings, two langets, original haft with tassel and a conical steel shoe. One face of the blade is etched with crowned Hapsburg eagle charged with a shield bearing arms of von Lothringen with those of Tuscany in pretence. The cyphers 'FI' and 'T' over 'M' below eagle (for Francis I (1745-65) and Maria Theresa (1717-1780). Reverse of blade etched with arms of Hungary, Bohemia and Austria surmounted by a crown. This is surrounded by trophies of arms, and a city between two pavilion tents at the base.


Dimensions: Length of head 300 mm (11.75 in), length of langets: 406 mm (16 in), length overall: 2172 mm (85.5 in)


Places Austria


Similar to VII.263. Galerie Fischer, Luzern, 25 June 1988, Lot 9023; illustrated in catalogue (plate 8) - Partizan with similar heraldic shield but ornament continues further up spear point. Attributed to 17th century German manufacture. Etched with intitals F.I.M.T.