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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 Baker bayonet, 2nd pattern
- British
Some 50,000 of these were made from 1805-15. This example was made by Thomas Bate, a government contractor working in Birmingham, specialising in the production of rifle sword-bayonets. The Baker rifle was the standard arm of both Rifle Brigade and King's Royal Rifle Corps throughout the latter part of the Napoleonic Wars.
£600.00
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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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militaria item KuK Lorenz socket bayonet, regimentally marked
- Austrian
This had a long and honourable career, introduced for the Lorenz rifled musket of 1854 and 1862, later used on the Wanzl rifles of 1867 (breech loading conversions of the Lorenz). This would have been carried in the campaigns in Lombardy, Denmark and finally in the Six Weeks War against Prussia in 1866.
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militaria item Lebel bayonet, 1886 model
- 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. The modified version (model 1916) had a yellow brass hilt and no quillon. This classic bayonet would have seen action throughout the French Empire at the end of the 19th century and, of course, in WW1.
£65.00
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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 Salter socket bayonet and scabbard, 1838 pattern
- British Empire
I believe this is the bayonet for an East India Company musket, the crown stamp on the forte possibly indicating government issue post-Mutiny. It is maker marked GS for George Salter.-
£175.00
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The bayonet arrived safely this morning, it's excellent and exactly what I've been looking for, I'm very pleased with it! ... I've bookmarked your site and will keep a regular check to see what you have.

S A, UK, 05.01.2006

Arrived safely. Excellent item. Really good condition. A good addition to the collection. Many thanks for a stress free transaction.

R B, UK, 17.10.2005

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