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Object Title

Partizan - Staff Weapon

Partizan - Staff Weapon

Date

1660-1700

Object Number

VII.1358

Provenance

Brought from Paris in 1816, following the battle of Waterlo (1815); Ttransferred to the Armouries in 1927 from the Rotunda Museum, Woolwich (1864 cat. no. XII.90)

Physical Description

Flamboyant blade of blued steel with a pronounced medial rib and up-curved wings at the base. It is decorated from top to bottom on either side in gold counterfeit damascening as follows: the motto NEC PLURIBUS IMPAR; the sun in splendour; a trophy of arms surrounded by four fleur-de-lis; the arms of France and Navarre surmounted by a crown and surrounded by the collars of the Orders of the Saint Esprit and Saint Michael; and a panel of foliate scroll work involving two opposed figures of Fame. The top of the octagonal socket is chiselled with acanthus foliage, the remainder is blued and counterfeit-damascened in gold with fleur-de-lis. The cheeks have broken off and the transverse peg, for which the base of the socket is drilled, is missing. The haft is modern.

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Techniques

Counterfeit damascening, Blueing

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength1921 mm
OverallWeight2040 g
HeadLength580 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Motto
NEC PLURIBUS IMPAR (‘not equalled by many’ or ‘equalled by no one’ )
On blade
Counterfeit damascening

Associations

Bibliographic References

A V B Norman and G M Wilson, Treasures from the Tower of London, Norwich, 1982: cat. no. 59, p. 72

C. Paggiarino, The Royal Armouries, masterpieces of medieval and renaissance arms and armour, Milan, 2011 volume 2

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Thumbnail image of Partizan - Staff Weapon Partizan of the Gardes du Corps of Louis XIV
Thumbnail image of Partizan - Staff Weapon Partizan of the Gardes du Corps of Louis XIV
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