The Wallace Collection

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  • Partizan
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • late 18th century or early 19th century
  • Steel and bronze or bell-metal
  • Length: 42.3 cm, including socket
    Width: 12.3 cm, at greatest
    Weight: 1.19 kg
  • A997
  • European Armoury III
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  • Partizan or spear, with a head of light bronze, or bell-metal, with projecting side-pieces intricately cusped, and pierced with circular holes; welded to the top is a steel spike of diamond section; octagonal socket. The lower part of the shaft is painted with red and white spiral stripes and, with part of the shaft of A1020, was apparently originally a banner stave.

    Austrian, late 18th century or early 19th century.

    Other weapons of this type are in the Hofjagd- und Rüstkammer at Vienna. An example of superior quality, formerly in the collection formed by Charles XV of Sweden, is in the K. Livrustkammaren, Stockholm (no. CXV 5417).