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Title Brass-mounted Enfield sword bayonet
Nationality British
Period c 1860
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This is the model 1858 sword bayonet for the two-band short Enfield rifle. It is a Volunteer bayonet on account of its complete lack of markings: the Volunteers in the 1860s purchased their own rifles, bayonets and uniforms, with the government simply providing the ammunition, harking back to Napoleonic practice.

Another indication that it is a Volunteer item is the fact that its mounts are brass, ie pommel and crossguard. Perhaps one in 100 of these Enfield sword bayonets had brass fittings, the remainder being iron-mounted. The scabbard fittings would also have been brass.

There is a little scarring to the chequering of the grip on one side, but generally speaking it is in excellent shape for its age, although the blade has a light grey patination and the locking stud, though mobile, is in need of a little attention. I simply don't want to risk a screwdriver on the retaining screw of the locking spring. I leave that to the collector!

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

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


Received it safely this morning and extremely happy with it!

S S, UK, 06.01.2010

...acquiring this bayonet has completely changed my way of thinking on collecting bayonets. I have become extremely fond of the bayonet... Thanking you once again for the very professional way in which you handled the money [going to the wrong account] problem.

P J, South Africa, 04.02.2006