Object Title

Linstock

Linstock

Date

1700-1799

Object Number

VII.227

Provenance

Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

With partizan-like blade; lacking the match-holders. (based on that for VII.1143 - all details, especially state of completeness, to be checked) Small, partizan-like blade, pierced with two inverted hearts at the base. The blade screws into a tapering socket to which would originally have been screwed the outward-curving match-holders (now lacking). At the lower ends of the holders are two loops to carry the free ends of the match. Modern (CHECK) haft.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length of head: 368 mm (14.5 in), length of langets: 292 mm (11.5 in)

Associations

Places Britain

Bibliographic References

C ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, London, 1916, II, p. 227 - 'Partizan, 17th century' (see Notes).

Notes

(Interim note on linstocks of this type, pending more detailed work).
The following weapons in the Royal Armouries are of the same type: VII.334-338; VII.1143-1145. One was illustrated by C ffoulkes and E C Hopkinson, 'Sword, lance and bayonet,' Cambridge, 1938, p. 114, fig. 63. They are assumed to be British and, according to ffoulkes, were carried by Artillery sergeants. A number of the Royal Armouries examples have lost their match-holders and it is uncertain whether this is by accident or whether they were permanently removed so the weapon could serve as a a simple spontoon.