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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 Whitworth bayonet, 1863 model
- British
This is a rare bayonet: some 9,000 Whitworth rifles (calibre .451) were issued to the British Army in the 1860s, principally to the Rifle Brigade and Foot Guards, along with a few other line regiments. It is noteworthy that the Whitworth rifle was used extensively by Confederate snipers in the War between the States.
£400.00
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militaria item Brown Bess bayonet for EIC musket
- British
This is the standard bayonet for the East India Company (EIC) pattern Brown Bess of Waterloo fame, with a 15 & 7/8" blade. These muskets were initially rejected by the Board of Ordnance as being of inferior quality and were then hurriedly accepted into service on Napoleon's seizure of power in the spring of 1815.
£120.00
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militaria item Pioneer bayonet for Schmidt-Rubin carbine, 1911 model
- Swiss
The 1911 carbine was a straight pull bolt action magazine rifle, an excellent design. Regular infantry and artillery units wore this with a steel scabbard, the leather one being only for pioneer/engineer units. This example has chrome fittings throughout.
£220.00
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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 Schmidt-Rubin engineer bayonet, model 1911
- Swiss
This was introduced for the Schmidt-Rubin carbine of 1911, a straight pull bolt action weapon. The engineers in the Swiss Army carried this weapon with a leather scabbard from 1911 to WWII (uniquely, they carried it with the release button facing the wearer's belt).
£200.00
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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.
£150.00
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militaria item Musketoon sabre bayonet, 1842 model, modified 1859
- French
This was used on the Musketoon (carbine) of 1829 (modified), 1842, 1846, 1853. Initially, the locking lug worked with a long-leaf spring on the hilt. This was replaced in 1859 with an internal coil spring. These bayonets are increasingly uncommon, not to be confused with the 1866 Chassepot bayonet, to which they have a passing similarity.
£250.00
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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.
£150.00
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The medal is in superb condition and the pouch. Thanks very much, Chris.

M T, UK, 21.03.2007

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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