Object Title

Partizan

Partizan

Date

1500-1550

Object Number

VII.146

Physical Description

With basal lugs. Tudor royal arms (order of quarters transposed) on one side, St Barbara on the other.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 2145 mm; blade length: 930 mm; max width: 150 mm

Associations

Places Italy

Bibliographic References

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

C ffoulkes, Inventory and survey of the armouries of the Tower of London, London, HMSO, 1916, II, p. 223, including illus. of Royal arms on blade.

Notes

[Interim note on Henrician partizans]. For a list of similar large-bladed partizans (Hnerician spear type F), most or all of which are believed to have come from the arsenal of Henry VIII, see list of Henrician weapons prepared by PJL (which is periodically updated). A list of examples can also be generated by computer search. There are two sorts: those with lugs at the base of the blade (as on VII.146) and those without (e.g. VII.182).
Other partizans bearing the Tudor royal arms are: VII.147, 148, 1972. For representations of the Tudor Royal arms with the quarters transposed quarters generally and for examples on two vases, see D. Gaimster, 'Imported maiolica vases bearing the Royal arms of England: a reconsideration', in D. Gaimster (ed.), 'Maiolica in the North. The archaeology of tin-glazed earthenawre in north-west Europe c. 1500-1600', British Museum Occasional Paper no. 122, London, 1999 _off-print in RA Library; photocopy on inv. file). Note that the transposition cannot have been caused by pricking the design through a reversed pattern because the lions of England correctly face to the dexter (PJL).