Object Title

Partizan

Partizan

Date

1731-1770

Object Number

VII.274

Provenance

Not recorded in IBE

Physical 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 1792-1803), but it lacks the shoe; the butt end has been cut off flat and chipped. The blade has a prominent medial ridge.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall: 2600 mm, head including langets: 640 mm, head: 410 mm, max. width: 124 mm, max. depth: 35 mm Weight: 2092 gm (4 lbs 9.8 oz)

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).