Steel; round wood haft
Blade: 33 cm (13 in.); Haft: 100.5 cm (39 9/16 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.31
The ceremonial use of staff weapons continues to this day by the Swiss Guards at the Vatican.
The partisan, a staff weapon with a symmetrical head, was carried by infantry officers and members of princely bodyguards during the 1600s and 1700s.
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