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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.

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17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge‘s Own) Officer’s Full Dress Uniform, Late 19th Century

British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Officer’s S…

British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword

Wide, curved, single-and false-edged blade with large, central fuller, the base engraved with crowned, royal monogram, trophies and floral motifs on one side, and with royal coat-of-arms and motto “DIEU MON DROIT”; remains of gilding; iron, finished, mono-quillon hilt, leather-covered grip, with iron wire binding, faceted ring-nut; complete with scabbard with two suspension rings.

1796 Light Cavalry Sabre Design and Weights

1796 Light Cavalry Sabre Design and Weights

British Cavalry Officer’s Dress Sword, c.1820-…

British Cavalry Officer’s Dress Sword, c.1820-30

Curved, double-edged blade of lozenge section, first part finely engraved with royal, crowned monogram ‘G IV’ and among branches, on both sides, the base marked ‘Hamburger Haywood & Co. 30 Kings Street Covent Garden London’; fine, bronze, fire-gilded hilt, richly decorated with floral motifs in high-relief; ivory grip scales (small cracks and damages). Complete with iron scabbard with bronze, gilded mounts. Sword-knot. length 94 cm.

1895 Pattern Gymnasium Sword – With Hanwei P…

1895 Pattern Gymnasium Sword – With Hanwei Pecoraro Comparison

Various 19th Century BayonetsThis was what my …

Various 19th Century Bayonets

This was what my bayonet collection looked like about 12 years ago. From top to bottom:

  • British Brown Bess Socket Bayonet
  • British Pattern 1876 Martini-Henry Socket Bayonet

  • Italian Bersaglieri Sword Bayonet Dated 1851 
  • French Mle. 1874 Gras Sword Bayonet
  • French Mle. 1874 Gras Sword Bayonet
  • Brazilian Light Minie Rifle Sword Bayonet, made in Germany and probably diverted to the United States during the Civil War.

British Pattern 1827 Rifle Officer’s Sword

British Pattern 1827 Rifle Officer’s Sword

Comprises steel basket hilt and pipeback steel blade. Features a wired shagreen grip. Integrated British crown to open work hilt. The steel scabbard has some rust issues but no damage. Steel blade length, 32 inches. 

This sword may have been re-hilted at some point, as the steel Rifles guard looks Victorian, while the blade and grip appear to be Regency or very early Victorian.

Antique Swords: How Much Does a 1796 Pattern L…

Antique Swords: How Much Does a 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Sabre Weigh?:

British Pattern 1828 Highland Officer’s Sword …

British Pattern 1828 Highland Officer’s Sword

82 cm blade by Robert Mole & Son, Birmingham, Makers to the War & India Offices etched with scrolling foliage, thistles and crowned VR cypher, regulation steel basket hilt, wire bound fish skin covered grip, in its steel scabbard with two suspension rings, complete with its crimson faced buff leather liner and fringe tassel.