Object Title

Partizan

Partizan

Date

1731-1770

Object Number

VII.1197

Provenance

Not recorded in IBE.

Physical Description

General Type Description: Tapered double-edged blade, the upper edges narrowing to a point. The base extends into two pairs of pointed wings, the upper pair inclined towards the blade, the lower pair inclined away. Between the two is a pair of wavy 'flaming' wings. Below the lower wings are two small lugs above an annular and flattened oval moulding.


Variations, losses, damage etc: Probably has original haft (photo, neg. no. A11/593(6a))). Haft has 'waisted socket' and 'carved conical butt' (IBE). Blade has prominent medial ridge. From photo, tip of one of lower flukes apparently broken off.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1950 mm (76.75 in), Length of head: 333 mm (13 1/8 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

None mentioned in IBE.

Associations

Places France

Notes

This, and similar partizans appear to be of French origin, later adopted for use by the British Regular Army, or the Fencibles, Militia or Volunteers. Some have been fitted with the haft of a British sergeant's spontoon (Royal Armouries type 1792-1803).