The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Partizan
  • Partizan
  • Probably Jean Berain I (1640 - 1711) , Designer
  • France
  • c. 1670 - 1700
  • Steel, gold, silk, wood, silver, copper alloy and velvet, chiselled, blued and damascened
  • Length: 240 cm
    Length: 53.3 cm, head
    Weight: 2.91 kg
  • Inscription: 'NEC PLURIBUS IMPAR' 'Equal to anything'
  • A1008
  • European Armoury III
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  • A ceremonial staff-weapon, probably designed by Georges Berain, and made for the Gardes du Corps, personal bodyguard of Louis XIV (1638-1713, reigning from 1643). The blade is blued and damascened in gold with the arms of France and Navarre surrounded by the collars of the Orders of St. Michel and St. Esprit (incorporating the royal initial H for Henri IV, founder of the order) surmounted by a crown. Above this is a trophy of arms, the sun in splendour (an appropriate emblem, Louis XIV being widely known as ‘the Sun King’) and a scroll with the royal motto NEC PLURIBUS IMPAR (“EQUAL TO ANYTHING”).