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German plug bayonet, late 1600s or early 1700s, exceptional condition and pedigreed.

Currency:USD Category:Artifacts / Non-wreck Start Price:500.00 USD Estimated At:600.00 - 900.00 USD
German plug bayonet, late 1600s or early 1700s, exceptional condition and pedigreed.
SOLD
500.00USDto bhhltf+ (75.00) buyer's premium. + applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2011 Apr 28 @ 17:49UTC-4 : AST/EDT
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German plug bayonet, late 1600s or early 1700s, exceptional condition and pedigreed. 206 grams; 18-1/2" long. The concept of a bayonet began in the early 1600s, when someone got the idea to ram his dagger into the end of his arquebus and use it as a polearm. By mid-century, short blades were manufactured with round handles specifically for plugging into the ends of rifles for closer combat, a technique that was later rendered obsolete by fixed bayonets outside the barrel. This plug bayonet is in excellent condition, with brass pommel and cross-guard, dark-brown horn handle, nice clean 1" blade with wide blood-groove, just a touch of surface rust near point but still sharp and intact, valuable pedigree. Pedigreed to the R.D.C. Evans collection, plated as #119 in his book The Plug Bayonet (2002), with original tag, and also pedigreed to our Treasure Auction #4, with lot-tag #1042.