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A FINE EXAMPLE OF THE FLAMBOYANT GERMAN PARADE PARTIZANS CARRIED BY THE BODYGUARD OF DUKE AUGUST WILHELM OF BRUNSWICK-WOLFENBÜTTEL, dated 1718
The steel spike of flattened diamond section, its base formed as a ducal coronet, the medial ridge of the spike continuing as a junction between the two blades, each of which is cut to form four individual flamboyant flukes. The entire blade fixed to a tapering steel socket decorated with turned mouldings and fitted with langets extending down the wooden shaft that terminates in a conical metal ferrule. The polished blade etched overall with decoration, either side of the spike?s base bearing a panel ?en grisaille? containing the horse ?forcené? of Brunswick beneath a ducal coronet; centrally between the two blades, the edges of which a re decorated on both sides with floral gilded tracery, on one side, the Arms of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel flanked by twin scrolls inscribed, ?AUGUST WILHELM:? and, ?DG DUX BRUNS: EA LUNEB?. (August Wilhelm, by the Grace of God Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg) with the date ?1718€ beneath and, on the other side, a shield containing the monogram ?HAW II? (Herzog August II Wilhelm?: ?Duke August II Wilhelm) above a scroll bearing the ducal motto ?PARTA TVERI? (?Defend your Acquisitions?) above the date ?1718€.

Literature: Mann, J., Exhibition of Arms, Armour and Militaria lent by HRH The Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg at the Armouries of the Tower of London (London, 1952).
Item ref: 657

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  • Origin : UNITED KINGDOM

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