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Not recorded in IBE. Formerly on loan to Dover Castle (Loan L7); returned 02/11/1989 (attached label read 'Dover Castle Keep').

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: Fitted with the haft of a British Sergeant's spontoon (Royal Armouries type 1792-1830). Inv. no. on steel plate on haft. One flamboyant spike is shorter than the other.


Dimensions: Overall length: 2635 mm (103.75 in), length of blade: 248 mm (9.75 in), length of neck and socket: 114 mm (4.5 in), length of langets: 232 mm (9 1/8 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

On socket, stamped: '5 over line over 2W over line over 3'.On haft, lightly branded: '11'.


Places France


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).