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  • Partizan
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 1694 - 1697
  • Iron or steel, etched and blackened
  • Length: 58.7 cm, including socket
    Length: 49.7 cm, straps
    Weight: 2.54 kg
  • Inscription: 'F · A · C' Friedrich Augustus Churfürst
  • A1002
  • European Armoury II
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  • Partizan, with a tall, flat, two-edged head of diamond section; extending at the base into cusped and shaped wings pierced with three round holes on either side of the ridge; ten-sided socket, with two side-straps. The lower part of the head is etched with scrolled foliage on a blackened ground with, on the one side, the arms of the Elector of Saxony under an Electoral bonnet and, on the other, with the monogram:

    F · A · C

    (Friedrich Augustus Churfürst)

    Friedrich August I, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, called The Strong; born in 1670, succeeded in 1694, elected King 1697, and died 1733. The companion partizan is A1003; see also the processional partizan A1010, and the sword A719.

    German (Saxon), between 1694 and 1697.

    De Beaumont Catalogue, pl. 11.

    Provenance: Felix Petitprêtre (Deux pertuisanes Saxonnes, gravées, 200 fr.; receipted bill, 3 April, 1868); Comte de Nieuwerkerke.

    It was only between 1694 and 1697 that Augustus I would have used these initials (see Müller and Kölling, 1981, no. 395, pI. 311). At various times numerous partizans and halberds have been dispersed as duplicates from the Saxon Royal Armoury (e.g. Sotheby's, 1 June, 1934, lots 123-5; Offerman sale, New York, 1937, etc.). Many still remain in the Historisches Museum at Dresden.

    Similar partizans are in the Royal Armouries, no. VII. 214 and VII. 1303 (ex-Norton Hall).