Object Title

Partizan

Partizan

Date

1600-1699

Object Number

VII.342

Provenance

Old Tower collection.

Physical Description

Tapering spear blade with deep up-curving wings at the base, the wings cusped above and with two small lobes on each side at the base. A medial rib runs the length of the blade. At the top of the socket is a flat octagonal knop, ribbed and pierced; into this is threaded the screw at the base of the blade. Two langets extend down the ash haft. One langet is broken at the bottom screw. The conical shoe is missing and the butt broken off.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 2428 mm (95.6 in), length of head: 648 mm (25.5 in), length of langets: 279 mm (11 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

A mark is stamped on one of the upper lobes.

Associations

Places Britain

Bibliographic References

C ffoulkes, Inventory and survey of the armouries of the Tower of London, London, HMSO, 1916, II, p. 229 (group entry for VII.341-VII.346).

A Borg 'Heads and Horses, Two Studies in the History of the Tower Armouries' Oxford, 1976, p. 350, n.23.

Notes

Returned from Loan L279, 1995.
VII.341-346 are identified by ffoulkes (1916) as those used at the funeral of William III, and shown in the Spanish armoury in the late eighteenth century. See Borg (1976 for further details.