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German Partizan, Spontoon, ca. 1700
Carried by officers and NCOís in the time of the early standing armies, the partizan and spontoon were largely symbols of rank and used as a guide to form troops on. However, they were sometimes used in combat as a last ditch weapon, often while protecting the regimentís colors. This early example features a 6 Ĺ" long by 1 3/8" wide blade with an armor-piercing point; three symmetrical lugs on each side. Octagonal baluster and ferrule with integral 8" langets/side straps. Mounted on later round-section shaft, showing wear. Length of metal 18 3/4"; overall 81". Metal shows lamination, forging flaws, and light to moderate pitting.
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