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British socket bayonet

GrasCollector
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Joined: 9:57 PM - Oct 13, 2016

11:04 PM - Jun 07, 2018 #1

I have a confession to make.  I started out as a bayonet collector.  And I have had this thing for YEARS.  However, my interests did not lie in socket bayonets, so I have been neglectful in acquiring the necessary books in this direction. (I was gifted this in my teens).

So, I figured I would offer it up here for comment.  The socket is 4 inches long, the internal socket diameter .818", with a sort of a shelf inside.  Any markings are LONG gone. It is missing  bit of the tip, but no more than .5" or so.

I know enough to assume it is British by the blade form, but again, shamefully beyond that, I admit a lack of detailed knowledge of older socket bayonets. Comments welcome!
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Adrian
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Adrian
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Joined: 11:12 AM - Mar 26, 2003

8:31 PM - Jun 08, 2018 #2

Probably for an India Pattern musket, the "sort of shelf inside" is odd & I am not sure it would have passed for Govt usage.
How long is the blade?
Please show more photos of the socket, the other 3 sides & an end on shot.
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GrasCollector
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10:14 PM - Jun 08, 2018 #3

Blade is 14.5" from broken tip to bottom of the blade shoulder. 18.75" overall length for the whole bayonet.
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Adrian
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12:04 PM - Jun 10, 2018 #4

Thanks for the additional photos, it has the characteristics that one would expect of a India Pattern or EICO flintlock musket bayonet, my gut feel is that it is a commercially made musket bayonet, probably early 1800s.
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