The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Partizan
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • 1714
  • Steel, silver and pine, overlaid and engraved
  • Length: 184 cm
    Length: 32 cm, head
    Weight: 1.3 kg
  • A1006
  • European Armoury III
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  • Small partizan or spontoon, with a two-edged blade having a prominent central ridge, double crescent-shaped flukes, the top pair curving up, the lower down, with a short, wavy spike between. Overlaid in silver with the arms of France on a circular escutcheon, surmounted by a crown and surrounded by palm branches. The two flukes and the blade for half its length are lightly engraved with floral scrollwork. Moulded socket with traces of engraving, and pierced for a transverse lug, now missing, the holes for it having been filled in. Two steel langets or straps down the staff.

    Staff of pine wood, possibly the original, ending in a steel ferrule.

    French, Model of 1714.

    The decoration closely resembles that of A1027. Saint Remy, Memoires, 1697, pI. 94E, illustrates a similar weapon but with straight flukes in place of the wavy ones. He calls this a Hallebarde. C. Aries in a letter of July 1969 suggests that it was probably intended for Le Regiment des Gardes Francoises. In a later letter (August 1976) he suggested it was the model of 1714 for sergeants.