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Staff Weapon

Date:
ca. 1580
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Steel, wood, iron
Dimensions:
L. 41 7/8 in. (106.4 cm); L. of head 32 1/4 in. (81.9 cm); W. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); Wt. 4 lbs. 9 oz. (2069.5 g)
Classification:
Shafted Weapons
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.163
Not on view
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Dassi, Antonio. Illustrated Catalogue of the Uboldo Collection: Milan. Vol. 1. Milan, no. 7, ill., pl. 21 (our brandistock).

Dassi, Antonio. Illustrated Catalogue of the Uboldo Collection: Milan. Vol. 2. no. 7, ill., pl. 21 (our brandistock).

Gay, Victor. Le Glossaire Archéologique Du Moyen Âge Et De La Renaissance Par M. Victor Gay. Vol. I. Paris: A. Quantin, 1887. p. 128, ill. (MMA piece illustrated), p. 212, ill. (same piece illustrated).

Lenz, Eduard von. "Mitteilungen aus der Renaissance-Abteilung der Kaiserlichen Eremitage zu St. Petersburg." Zeitschrift für historische Waffenkunde 2 (1900-1902). pp. 314-316 (brandistocks with inscription "al segno del gatto", our weapon mentioned".

Stone, George Cameron. A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times, Together with Some Closely Related Subjects. Portland, Maine, 1934. p. 226, no. 1, ill., fig. 281 (our "featherstaff").

Blair, Claude. European & American Arms, c. 1100–1850. New York: Crown Publishers, 1962. pp. 23, 28 (terms brandistock and feather-staff or leading-staff defined).

Carpegna, Nolfo di. "Notes a propos d'une arme de l'ancienne collection Malengret-Lebrun." Le Musee d'Armes (June 1978). pp. 1-9, no. 20 (discussion of brandistocks).



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