Object Title

Partizan

Partizan

Date

1531-1570

Object Number

VII.148

Physical Description

With basal lugs. Very long, tapering blade with medial rib. The lower edges curve upwards and outwards to form small flukes. Tapering Socket, originally with two langets (now missing), and four nails each side of wooden haft. The lower section of the blade bears a pounced pattern of scrolls involving, on one side the Tudor Royal Arms (the order of the quarters transposed) as adopted in 1527 , and on the other side (rather worn) a man with a bow and arrow, with three snakes, and supporters of a lion (dexter) and a dragon (sinister).

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 2844 mm (112 in), overall length of head: 895 mm (35.25 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible

Associations

Places Italy

Bibliographic References

C ffoulkes, Inventory and survey of the armouries of the Tower of London, London, HMSO, 1916, II, p. 224.

P.J. Lankester, 'Two maces from Henry VIII's arsenal?', Royal Armouries Yearbook, 5, 2000, pp. 27-43, at p. 29 (mention).

Notes

For general information on this type of partizan (Henrician spear type F) and for lists of other examples in the collection, see entry for VII.146, under Notes.
For other partizans bearing the Tudor royal arms and for references discussing the transposed quarters, entry for VII.146, under Notes.
The man and monster depicted on one side of the blade is somewhat rubbed. For more information on what can actually bee seen, see e-mail of 21 October from Chris Gravett to Philip Lankester (on inv. file).