Title: Brandistock or Buttafuore
Date: mid-17th century
Culture: Italian
Medium: iron
71 3/8 x 7 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. (181.3 x 19.7 x 4.4 cm)
weight: 2 lb. 8 oz. (1.1 kg)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object Number: 523:1957
Place made: Italy
Current Location: On View, Gallery 138
Staff weapons, popularly called polearms, were the most typical infantry weapons until well into the 16th century. Most staff weapons evolved from agricultural or everyday tools modified for military use and simply fastened to long wooden staves. All polearms required the use of both hands and were used exclusively on foot, except for the long spear called a lance, which was used from horseback. Staff weapons were used by commoners and professional soldiers in battle, by knights in armored sporting combats, and by bodyguards of royalty. Like many other arms, staff weapons assumed a primarily ceremonial role by the mid-17th century.
Signed: unsigned
- 1957
Anton Maryanowski, Newark, New Jersey, USA

1957 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Anton Maryanowski [1]

[1] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control and the Advisory Committee of the City Art Museum, December 12, 1957.
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