Object Title

Partizan

Partizan

Date

1731-1770

Object Number

VII.330

Provenance

Not recorded in Typed Inventory, presumably Tower arsenal.

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.
Each langet has three nails.


Variations, losses, damage etc: Fitted with the haft of a British Sergeant's spontoon (Royal Armouries type 1792-1803), but lacking its shoe; the butt end sawn off flat.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1657 mm (65.25 in), length of head: 394 mm (15.5 in), length of langets: 209 mm (8.5 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

On the blade: 'P. BON. L.' On one langet inscribed G over line over 1.

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).