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Title Baker bayonet, 2nd pattern
Nationality British
Period c 1807
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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.

This has a 23.5" flat unfullered blade with a 5" false edge at the point. There is a government inspection stamp at the forte (2 under a crown), together with 'Bate' stamped on the back of the blade. The original leather hilt washer is still in place. The only noticeable defect is the distortion of the knuckle bow by a maximum of 10 degrees out of true, quite typical of hard service wear and tear! The hilt is a little loose.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Bayonets : British : 19th Century]


My order arrived this morning, thanks for the prompt delivery.

Two excellent original pieces, I must say.

Buckle is in minty condition retaining so much detail esp plummage on eagle's neck and chest, like to see those 'creases' on the legs also... a beautiful example of an early O&C buckle.

Belt is very interesting, rather thin, CROUPON stamped and also behind the tongue...maybe Allegmeine but no SS markings as you state. Beautiful piece none the less.

Thanks for a speedy transaction Chris, I am very happy with my purchase :)

B M, United Kingdom, 26.10.2018

Pistol arrived safely, thanks for the prompt service.

M W, UK, 26.03.2008