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bayonets

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 G84/98 Mauser bayonet
- German
This is the conversion of the short 1871 Mauser bayonet, which was then deployed on the model 84 Mauser rifle with tube magazine, and finally modified between 1900 and 1905 for use on the Mauser 98 rifle. It is regimentally marked for the 16th regiment, the 7th company, weapon number 150.
£250.00
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militaria item Brunswick bayonet, 1837 model, 1st pattern
- British
This is the bayonet for the Brunswick rifle, introduced as a replacement for the Baker rifle of the Napoleonic era. It would have been issued to the rifle regiments: the King's Royal Rifle Corps and the Rifle Brigade. Rifle and bayonet would have seen extensive use in the Crimean War 1854-56.
£450.00
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militaria item Lebel bayonet, model 1886
- French
The Lebel rifle was the first modern service rifle to use a nitro cartridge; all the others of the period still operated with black powder. This classic bayonet would have seen action throughout the French Empire at the end of the 19th century and, of course, in WW1.
£120.00
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militaria item Rolling block Mexican Remington bayonet, 1899 model
- American
This was a contract piece for the Mexican government and also is the same bayonet used by the US Navy on the Lee bolt action. The Mexican rifle was a 7mm rolling block action single shot weapon.
£120.00
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militaria item Socket bayonet
- Danish
I think, from the style of the marks, that this must date from the mid-19th century. There are two small Danish arsenal marks (initial under crown), one on the shank and one on the muzzle ring. It has Kyhl's leaf-spring system (unique to Denmark) for securing it to the musket, instead of the conventional locking ring.
£120.00
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militaria item Gras bayonet, 1874 model, modified to fit Gewehr 1888
- French
This was initially made for the French Gras rifle in 1880 by L. Deny of Paris and has all the usual French arsenal/inspectors' stamps, as well as matching numbers to hilt and scabbard. The chief interest of this, however, is the modification of the hilt to accept the model 1888 Mauser service rifle.
£150.00
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militaria item KuK dress bayonet, 1895 pattern Mannlicher
- Austrian
This is the standard dress bayonet of WW1 and later for the KuK/Honved armies of Austro-Hungary. Worn initially by NCOs (and, in WW1, by officers in preference to a sword) in the last two decades of the old Franz Joseph Empire, it continued in use under the republic. I have a photo of my dad wearing one as a Heimwehr officer under Dolfuss.
£140.00
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militaria item Fireman's sidearm
- German
This is the short model sidearm for the Feuerwehr, introduced about 1936, for wear by senior NCOs and was worn as a 'walking out' weapon, with a Feuerwehr portepee tied to the belt frog. The belt buckle would have been the standard Gott Mit Uns variety surrounding a marching swastika. There are no maker's marks.
£130.00
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militaria item US Navy Lee bayonet
- American
These bayonets were probably either captured Mexican pieces from the border wars in the early 20th century or were custom built by Remington for the US Navy Lee rifle. This is a modified form of the Mexican issue, inasmuch as it has a US-style steel belt hook where the Mexican originals had a leather one.
£200.00
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militaria item Mexican Remington bayonet, model 1899
- American
Of a parcel of 12, 'WASHINGTON / NAVAL YARD' was burnt into the wooden grips of nine in an oval border around 'US ORD. DEPT.' (see photo - but this one is NOT marked). The Washington Naval Yard was the largest US Navy ordnance store department in the US and was located in Virginia.
£60.00
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testimonials

Just to let you know that the bayonets arrived safely this morning and I am extremely happy! They are everything that I had hoped they would be, but better! I am extremely pleased that i purchased them from you. The 1867 Albini ... is an absolute beauty, the blade is immaculate. The other is in fact in far better condition that I had imagined as well. So all in all, I couldn't be happier! Many thanks Chris.

I very much look forward to doing business with you again in the near future.

Russell Thomas, Norway, 15.08.2013

I received the book yesterday and I must say I am delighted with it, a cracking piece of work ... A very big thank you for perservering and getting the book to me, a big thumbs up for you and your business.

C B, UK, 05.01.2006

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