The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Partizan
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Poland
  • c. 1680
  • Steel, velvet and copper alloy, engraved
  • Length: 64 cm, including socket
    Length: 43.4 cm, straps
    Weight: 2.92 kg
  • A1018
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Partizan, with a head with tall, ridged, two-edged blade, with double crescent-shaped wings in the lower part, pierced with four circular holes; the socket is ten-sided with a turned moulding at either end; two side-straps. The surface is engraved (not etched) with scrolled foliage (the lower scrolls terminating in heads of grotesque fishes) and in the broad, flat, lower part with equestrian combats, where one horseman is in Polish or Hungarian costume; the socket with bands of conventional laurel leaves. The staff covered with brown velvet and studded with brass-headed nails; the turned ferrule of bright steel is probably a restoration.

    Possibly Polish, about 1680.