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Title Salter socket bayonet and scabbard, 1838 pattern
Nationality British Empire
Period c 1838-40
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I believe this is the bayonet for an East India Company musket, the crown stamp on the forte possibly indicating government issue post-Mutiny. It is maker marked GS for George Salter.

It weighs 13 3/8 ozs without scabbard, and the blade length is 15.5", with the socket length of just under 3". However, the distance from the front site slot to the muzzle ring on the socket is only 1.5". The muzzle ring diameter is 23.5mm.

The scabbard is made of brown pigskin with brass mounts. The throat fits the forte of the blade very neatly. There is a small patch of about 4" of the scabbard seam on the reverse where the stitching has come loose. Otherwise, the whole piece is in excellent shape for its age, with a little bit of old residual surface rust on the socket and some minor discolouration to the blade in patches.

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

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


Sword arrived today. Fabulous. This is an excellent example of a fighting sword of its period, and a real gem. The 1828 Pattern is such a gorgeous sword, and this is a fine example. Even my bride is impressed and she doesn’t really get swords.

G F, New Zealand, 06.11.2013

The pouches arrived today. EXCELLENT RELICS, THANK YOU. I look forward to doing business with you again. Thank You Chris.

J S, USA, 12.11.2005