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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:16 pm 
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A friend recently inherited some old sword bayonets found in the attic of his aunt's estate. I offered to help him ID them. They appear to be 19th century bayonets, from what I could tell by poking around the Internet.

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The top one is marked "Enfield 1840" at the base of the blade with the marking D 43 on the pommel. Its overall length is 26 3/8" and the blade length is 21 3/4".

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The middle one is marked "S&K" at the base of the blade one side and has a mark on the other that is hard to read - looks like an anchor. It has what appears to be a serial number on the bottom of the pommel. Its overall length is 28 9/16" and the blade length is 23 7/8".

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The bottom one is marked "P.Stevens / Maastricht" at the base of the blade on one side and has a crown over JF on the other side. Its overall length is 27 3/8" with a blade length of 22 1/2". There are no markings on the top flat of the blade.

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Any help with the origin of these bayonets and the muskets/rifles on which they were mounted would be greatly appreciated.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:12 am 
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Top one is a British Pattern 1837 for use with the .70 caliber Brunswick rifle.

Middle one is a type that has been attributed to several different rifles used during the US Civil War (M1855 Colt Revolving Rifle, Enfield variant, and Belgian Minie rifle). Not sure what is correct. The bayonet was produced in Germany by the firm of Schnitzler & Kirshbaum, then imported to the US.

Bottom one is a Netherlands M1873 used with the 11.3 mm. M1873 Beaumont Navy Rifle. Made by the firm of Petrus Stevens in Maastricht.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:15 am 
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marysdad,

Thanks for this excellent information.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:52 pm 
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In case anyone's interested, these bayonets and a German/Prussian short sword are now up for sale on eBay.


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