The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Partizan
  • Partizan
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1650
  • Steel and oak
  • Length: 37 cm, including socket
    Weight: 1.22 kg
  • A1007
  • European Armoury III
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  • Partizan, with a small, strongly-ridged spike; the wings pierced as two shields, representing the arms of France and Navarre crowned; socket of octagonal section with two small projecting lugs at the base; there are no side-straps; long steel ferrule of octagonal section; the shaft is of oak and probably a restoration.

    French, about 1650.

    A similar weapon in the Musée de l'Armée, Paris (no. K.Po.83), has been tentatively identified by Colonel M. Dugue McCarthy (personal communication, 1975) as the halberd of a sergeant of the Regiment de Navarre. A rather similar weapon, formerly in the Spitzer collection (1892 cat., VI, no. 253, illus.), is now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (no. 14.25.261).