Sabre vs. bayonet, British, 1860.
Lefaucheux type pinfire revolver with folding bayonet, Belgium, mid 19th century.
from Helios Auctions
Making a plug bayonet for a 17th century matchlock musket.
British Pattern 1871 Elcho Bayonet
1871 pattern Elcho sawback bayonet by Kirschbaum Solingen for the Martini-Henry rifle – with diced grips, fullered sword back blade with swollen leaf-shaped point in original steel mounted leather scabbard with associated leather frog with strap and buckle to front and WD broad arrow marked to rear and other faint markings, the bayonet is unmarked apart from maker’s Knights helm mark. The Elcho bayonet was designed in 1870 by Lord Elcho The 10th Earl of Wemyss & March with a heavy blade for brush-cutting purposes. A small number were issued for trial purposes but was not wildly adopted due to its high cost of manufacture – it is one of the most sought-after of all British bayonets.
British Pattern 1859 Cutlass Bayonet with “Verney’s Catch”
Heavy steel bowl guard with fixing for the bayonet bar and slot for Verney’s scabbard catch. The grip is formed of two scales of pressed chequered leather secured by four pins. The blade is slightly curved and is unfullered. The tip is sharpened on both sides, the back being 12.5 in (318mm) long.
The lether scabbard has polished steel chape and scabbard mouth. Verney’s spring catch is fixed to the left side of the scabard. On the right side is the frog stud.
The catch design was proposed by Lieut. Verney, RN and approved for fitting in the List of Changes (para. 369) on 19 September 1861. This example is likely to be the sealed pattern version. The blade was made in Solingen and accepted as such, the likely maker was Weyersberg Bros.
A saw backed plug bayonet, 19th century.
from Czerny’s International Auction House
Assorted British, German, and French bayonets from hogspear.com’s archives.
Bayonets Used as Swords or Daggers
A Rare 18-Bore Percussion D.B. Irish Constabularly Carbine and Sword Bayonet, by W. J. King of Birmingham, Mid-19th Century
With browned twist sighted barrels with bayonet-bar on the right side at the muzzles, long tang grooved for sighting, signed border engraved back-action locks, figured half-stock (some old bruising), regulation brass mounts including trigger-guard with scrolled spur, sling loops, and original steel ramrod; together with its brass-hilted bayonet with leaf-shaped blade of flattened diamond section cut with a central fuller over each side of the forte, hilt with cross-guard, and ribbed swelling grip incorporating a sprung catch, in its leather scabbard (some damage) with brass chape (probably an old replacement), frog button, and leather frog, Birmingham proof marks. 46.8 cm barrels and 43.5 cm blade.
Probably one of 250 ordered by the Inspector General of Constabulary in Ireland. See Howard C. Blackmore, British Military Firearms 1650-1850, 1961, pp. 205-206, pl. 68.
A .577 Percussion Commercial 1856 Pattern Volunteer Short Rifle Signed Joseph Harkom and Sword Bayonet, Edinburgh, Mid-19th Century
With russet sighted barrel signed along the top at the breech, retained by two barrel bands, with bayonet-lug on the right at the muzzle numbered ‘283’, and rifled with three grooves, calibrated folding adjustable back-sight, signed border engraved flat lock decorated with foliate scrollwork, hammer en suite, chained nipple-protector, figured three-quarter stock, border engraved steel mounts of regulation pattern including trigger-guard decorated with foliate scrollwork, sling loops, steel ramrod, possibly original, and retaining traces of original finish; together with a Lancaster sword bayonet, the pipe-back blade with spear point, brass-mounted hilt with spring-catch, and chequered black leather grips, in its brass-mounted black leather scabbard (some crazing), the locket mouth stamped ‘R.A.M.C.’ over ’12’, and with a later buff-leather frog, Ordnance proof marks. 84 cm barrel.