Partisan

Partisan

1729–32

Steel, etched, haft broken

Support: Etched

Overall: 29.1 cm (11 7/16 in.)

Weight: 1.6 kg (3.53 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Wieman 1951.352

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Partisans were a favored weapon of palace guards and princely bodyguards; the large flat surface of the head lends itself perfectly for decorative coats of arms.

Description

The partisan, a staff weapon with a symmetrical head, was carried by infantry officers and members of princely bodyguards during the 1600s and 1700s. This one is inscribed with the coat of arms and letters F.L.C.V.M for Franz Ludwig Kurfurst von Mainz. Franz Ludwig (1664-1732) held the office from 1729-32.

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