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Plug bayonet with scabbard
  • Plug bayonet with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • c. 1665 - c. 1685
  • Steel, horn, wood, copper alloy and parchment, etched
  • Length: 48.2 cm
    Length: 33.33 cm, blade
    Width: 2.5 cm
    Weight: 0.37 kg
    Weight: 0.035 kg, scabbard
  • A866
  • European Armoury III
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  • Plug Bayonet, with dividing blade and scabbard, the hilt made up of a tapering grip of horn swelling towards the guard, with a small, brass cap at the end. Short, steel guard with turned mouldings.

    Blade of flattened hexagonal section. On drawing back a stud on the ricasso the blade springs open in the same way as A862-5. A portion of the catch is now missing. The blade is etched with a running pattern of foliage.

    Scabbard of wood covered with parchment tooled with herring-bone and chequered ornament. In front is a pocket for a small knife, and at the back two loops for suspension, the upper vertical, the lower horizontal.

    About 1665-85; nationality uncertain.

    The very similar bayonet and scabbard in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, apparently has its original byknife (no. 14.25.1289. and A; Dean, Daggers, 1929, no. 331, pl. LXXXV).