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Partizan
  • Partizan
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • c. 1640
  • Steel, copper alloy, gold and oak, etched and gilded
  • Length: 61 cm, including socket
    Length: 47.6 cm, straps
    Weight: 3.48 kg
  • Heraldry: 3 lances, the banner charges with crosses patty; supported by cranes holding also the mitre, sword and episcopal staff
    Inscription: 'IN · HOC · SIGNO'
    Decoration: Arms (three keys, 2 and 1; supporters; two cranes, each holding a key)
    Inscription: '·POUR · BIEN ·'
  • A1000
  • European Armoury II
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  • Partizan, with a large, wavy head with broad bat-like asymmetrical wings; turned socket with five mouldings; two side-straps, reinforced on the third side with a short additional strap (which is missing on the fourth side); the head is boldly etched and decorated with parcel gilding, on one side the crest and insignia of the Cathedral Chapter of Lübeck (3 lances, the banners charged with crosses patty; supported by cranes holding lances in their beaks, as in the arms. The cranes are also holding the mitre, sword and episcopal staff. The episcopal staff and sword are in saltire behind the arms, while above is the episcopal mitre issuing from a coronet) and the motto (in allusion to the cross in the arms of the see):

    IN · HOC · SIGNO

    (The crest and episcopal insignia, not the arms, are here represented.) The other side bears the arms (three keys, 2 and 1; supporters: two cranes, each holding a key and the staff, sword and mitre arranged as on the obverse.), with the motto:

    · POUR · BIEN ·

    The staff is of dark oak and rectangular section, thickly studded with brass-headed nails; steel ferrule of like section.

    North German, about 1640.