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Title Enfield socket bayonet, 1853 pattern
Nationality British
Period c 1853-73
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This classic bayonet was the mainstay of British infantry throughout the Crimean War (1854-56), the Persian campaign (1856), the Indian Mutiny (1857-59), the China War (1859-60), the Abyssinia campaign (1866), the Maori Wars of the 1860s, not to mention countless frontier expeditions in India and Burma.

In 1875 some of these saw service with the Snider breechloader conversion of the Enfield, principally for Indian service, viz. Sikh and Ghurka regiments.

The blade measures 17",with a 3" socket and 21 mm muzzle ring diameter. It is struck with the WD mark and a Birmingham Armoury inspection stamp at the forte. There are minor surface stains throughout, consonant with age, along with a small patch of corrosion inside the barrel.

If ever there was a bayonet representative of Britain's Empire at its zenith, this is it!

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

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


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

I'd just like to thank you for the SS Buckle, this has to be one of the best items I have yet and am very happy with it.

L H, UK, 09.10.2012