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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.

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


The 3 medals have just arrived safely - very interesting. (From your description I was expecting ribbon to be dreadful; personally, I think that the "Russian Front" is beautifully 'aged'.)

M M, UK, 12.02.2013

Cutlass received today all in good order.

It is a fine addition to my collection.

Thank you for the fast and friendly service.

D L, UK, 17.03.2012