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I started life as a bayonet collector aged 12! A fascinating subject and one that, unlike swords, is still within the reach of the average beginner collector. This field is extremely well-covered by good reference books, mostly in English (such as The German bayonet by John Walter and British & Commonwealth bayonets by Ian D Skennerton & Robert Richardson), and tends not to be readily plagued with reproduction items. As a subject, it's an excellent introduction to the restoration and care of edged weapons.

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militaria item Musketon bayonet, 1842 model
- French
This is the first model, with a leaf spring in the hilt, for the 1842 model Musketon (a French carbine). It has two nice, clear stamps at the base of the blade (almost certainly French arsenal inspectors' punches), one being a capital 'B' (I think), the other a capital 'G' surmounted by a star, all within a wreath.
£200.00
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militaria item Plug bayonet with horn hilt
- Spanish
This is a typical 18th-century Spanish weapon, designed to be stuffed down a musket barrel when out on a boar hunt or in a military context. Amazingly, it appears to have most of the original scabbard, with the top chape of pressed tin with a decorative motif. The bottom chape is missing.
£400.00
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militaria item Enfield cutlass bayonet, model 1859, 2nd pattern
- British (German make - American contract)
This was introduced in 1859 for the Royal Navy to supply a need for a cutlass and a bayonet in one weapon for the naval rifle of the era, a .577 Enfield cap and ball weapon. This is an A & E Holler example - ie a Solingen blade. There are no UK ordnance marks, so this is almost certainly an American export item.
£750.00
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militaria item Mannlicher-Berthier bayonet, pattern 1 (for Musketoon)
- French
This, essentially an artillery carbine bayonet, would have been carried through the last decade of the 19th century and, in a slightly modified form (wood grip and shortened guard), right through WW2. It also saw service with the Poles in this era. The calibre was 8mm bolt action with a 3-round magazine.
£140.00
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militaria item Gras bayonet
- French
This is the bayonet for the 1874 model single shot bolt action rifle which replaced the Chassepot of 1866, in turn rendered obsolete by the arrival of the Kropatsheck tube magazine rifle in 1877 (both the later rifles used an 11mm brass cartridge).
£75.00
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militaria item Bayonet knot, 1st Battalion/2nd Company
- German
These bayonet/side arm knots (troddeln) were introduced into the Prussian Army in 1808. The variant colours indicate the particular battalion and company to which the wearer belonged. They continued to be worn (normally wrapped round the frog) in the Weimar era and then in the Third Reich when the loose knot assumed a closed, barrel shaped form.
£100.00
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militaria item K98 Mauser bayonet, R A Herder, matching numbers
- German
This was the classic companion for the Landser (the German squaddie) through all their European and Russian battle tours from 1939-45 and is the development of the S98/84 bayonet from WW1. This example has matching numbers to the scabbard and blade and is clearly maker marked at the scabbard throat and the forte of the blade.
£130.00
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militaria item KS98 issue bayonet with DOA markings
- German
This rare bayonet was issued to the German troops in German East Africa and is marked DOA on the cross guard. Only some 11,000 men of these troops at one point kept 50,000 British and Indian men at bay. Von Lettow Vorbeck surrendered six weeks after the armistice on the Western Front and, by his own account, could have gone on fighting for ever.
£500.00
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militaria item K98 combat bayonet by Eickhorn, matching numbers
- German
This is the classic Wehrmacht combat bayonet of the Third Reich era, carried by all combat units, although the brown frog would suggest Luftwaffe or perhaps early Kriegsmarine use. Carl Eickhorn is perhaps the most well known of the Solingen cutlers of the era.
£200.00
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militaria item Double-etched K98 dress bayonet, Ernst Pack & Sons
- German
This is a classic Ernst Pack dress bayonet, with no maker's mark, but the 'signature' screw bolts which no other maker used. The original owner must have been in a heavy artillery unit, as suggested by the obverse blade etching. These weapons were normally only worn when off duty, but in uniform.
£600.00
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[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

Hello Chris, just to let you know that I received the parcel, very pleased with it.

C T, UK, 08.03.2006

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