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Title Brown Bess bayonet
Nationality British
Period c 1795-1814
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This is the standard bayonet for the Land pattern musket of the Napoleonic Wars and also fitted the India pattern of the same era. Thomas Atkins would have packed this throughout the Peninsular War, the war of 1812 with the USA and finally at Waterloo.

This was made by James Makin of Birmingham, who worked 1795-1814 as a Board of Ordnance contractor. The socket measures 4" and the blade 16.5". There is a distinct 'R' stamped into the forte above the ordnance stamp, most likely the remains of the GR and crown stamp found on ordnance arms of this era.

There is scattered surface pitting in patches throughout and some old damage at the base of the socket at the foresight entry point (stress cracks?) and some distortion to the first leg of the foresight slot.

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

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


Bayonet arrived safe and well earlier, finally got a chance to unwrap it and have a quick peek and am very pleased, thanks!

T R, UK, 07.11.2013

Bayonets arived today and as always they're great. Thanks again.

G D, UK, 02.12.2011