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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 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 Constabulary bayonet, Lovell's pattern
- British
This bayonet was introduced to accompany the Lovell's carbine for the constabulary and prison services. The interesting and unique feature of this bayonet is the spring clip at the base of the blade, which means that the weapon cannot be drawn without the owner noticing.
£260.00
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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 K98 'Pioneer' dress bayonet by WKC
- German
Of the K98 dress bayonet variants, this is the rarest, being in essence a close clone of the K98 combat type but with an EPNS finish and chequered bakelite grips. It is marked WKC on the forte - Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Co is perhaps the oldest Solingen cutlery factory, dating back to the early 18th century.
£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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militaria item RFV Mauser bayonet, fixable combat variety
- German
This rare little beast, made by Paul Weyersberg of Solingen (marked at the forte), has hard rubber grips with white metal rivets and the initials 'R.F.V.' (for Reichsfinanzverwaltung) stamped on the crossguard. These were carried by the Zollschutz, German border customs officials. It is based on the old KS98 of the imperial era.
£450.00
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militaria item Whitworth bayonet marked for 2nd/60th
- British
This is the bayonet for the .451 muzzle-loading Whitworth rifle. In extensive trials these were issued in 1863-67 to infantry units, including various guards and rifle regiments. Some 8,000 bayonets were produced, the general scale of issue being some 68 rifles and bayonets per regiment. The 2nd Battalion 60th were in the Maori Wars 1860-70.
£500.00
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militaria item Mauser bayonet, short model 1889
- Belgian
This model, with a 25 cm blade, was manufactured from 1889-1915. It has nice fruitwood grips and is numbered T2161 on both cross guard and frog stud. There is a maker's stamp 'HF' under a crown, perhaps for Herstal Fabrique?
£225.00
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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 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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