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Title Whitworth bayonet marked for 2nd/60th
Nationality British
Period c 1860
Price £500.00
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This is the bayonet for the .451 muzzle-loading Whitworth rifle. In extensive trials these were issued in 1863-67 to infantry units, including various guards and rifle regiments. Some 8,000 bayonets were produced, the general scale of issue being some 68 rifles and bayonets per regiment. The 2nd Battalion 60th were in the Maori Wars 1860-70.

In 40 years' trading I may only have had a dozen of these, and this is the first time I've found a unit-marked example.

The blade is 22.75" long and 1.25" wide at the forte. Both blade and hilt mounts show a modicum of wear/patina, but have all relevant ordnance stamps. The scabbard leather is in excellent shape with a weapon number, 1458, stamped near the top mount. Both leather grips show service/age wear. The reverse cross guard is stamped: 2.60.320 (for 2nd Battalion 60th/Kings Royal Rifle Corps, rifle number 320).

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

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


Just letting you know that the whistle arrived here this morning safe and sound. Your excellent packaging was still totally intact and it took me all of five minutes to break into it to see my purchase. I am very pleased, it is a great whistle.

R C, Australia, 21.12.2012

Bayonet arrived today, very quick, and very pleased.

P H, UK, 13.11.2010