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Not recorded in IBE.

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 1792-1803).


Dimensions: Length of head: 317 mm (12.5 in), blade length: 196 mm, blade length to bottom of curved spike: 200 mm, head length: 548 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

On the blade: 'L. BON'. '988' engraved in wood near blade. 'L.BOM' (possibly L.BON) engraved on one side of blade. Engraving near base of wooden shaft possibly '29'.


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).

VII.281 appears on a spontoon in ffoulkes 1916 catalogue, but the number was also found on a pike returned from loan to Carisbrooke Castle in 1980. In June 1987 the pike was renumbered VII.2312; the old disc was removed from the haft and put on the Inv. file for the new number.