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British Pattern 1805 Naval Officer’s Sword   By Shrapnall, 61 Charing Cross, Early 19th Century. The blade etched and gilt...
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British Pattern 1805 Naval Officer’s Sword By Shrapnall, 61 Charing Cross, Early 19th Century. The blade etched and gilt...

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A fold-out version of the Infantry (and Cavalry) Sword Exercise, published in Manchester, Great Britain, 1822.

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A fold-out version of the Infantry (and Cavalry) Sword Exercise, published in Manchester, Great Britain, 1822.

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British Saw Back Pioneer’s Sword, 19th Century    Wide, slightly curved, single-and false-edged blade with saw-back and mark...

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British Saw Back Pioneer’s Sword, 19th Century Wide, slightly curved, single-and false-edged blade with saw-back and mark...

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A Bengal Horse Artillery Officer`s Full Dress uniform circa 1830     And a Pattern 1821 Artillery Officer’s Sword.
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A Bengal Horse Artillery Officer`s Full Dress uniform circa 1830 And a Pattern 1821 Artillery Officer’s Sword.

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13th Light Dragoons Officers; 1814, 1844, 1839, 1835 by Reginald Augustus Wymer

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13th Light Dragoons Officers; 1814, 1844, 1839, 1835 by Reginald Augustus Wymer

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Pattern 1820 1st Life Guards Trooper’s Sword    95.5cm blade, regulation steel hilt with bowl guard engraved and pierced with...
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Pattern 1820 1st Life Guards Trooper’s Sword 95.5cm blade, regulation steel hilt with bowl guard engraved and pierced with...

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British Mameluke-Hilted Officer’s Sabre Of Brigadier General Hugh Halkett, Early 19th Century  By Brunn, Sword Cutler To The...
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British Mameluke-Hilted Officer’s Sabre Of Brigadier General Hugh Halkett, Early 19th Century By Brunn, Sword Cutler To The...

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An Officer’s Room  This hand coloured engraving of An Officers Room was published by McCleary of 39 Nassau Street, Dublin. The...

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An Officer’s Room This hand coloured engraving of An Officers Room was published by McCleary of 39 Nassau Street, Dublin. The...

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British Pattern 1822 Infantry Officer’s Sword Combined with a Pistol  An interesting combination of a regulation officer’s sword...

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British Pattern 1822 Infantry Officer’s Sword Combined with a Pistol An interesting combination of a regulation officer’s sword...

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British Police Cutlass, 19th Century    The Marshall’s Office, Mansion House, London, Official’s Side Arm c. Mid 19th C, the...
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British Police Cutlass, 19th Century The Marshall’s Office, Mansion House, London, Official’s Side Arm c. Mid 19th C, the...

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Sir George Murray (1772–1846)  Painted by Henry William Pickersgill (1782–1875) Keep reading

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Sir George Murray (1772–1846) Painted by Henry William Pickersgill (1782–1875) Keep reading

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A Diplomatic Service Court Sword  76.cm blade Buckmaster, 3 New Burlington Street, London, etched on each side with foliage and...
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A Diplomatic Service Court Sword 76.cm blade Buckmaster, 3 New Burlington Street, London, etched on each side with foliage and...

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British Pattern 1832 Life Guards Officer’s Sword of Robert Blane, Dated 1832      By Prosser, Manufacturer To The King, Charing...
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British Pattern 1832 Life Guards Officer’s Sword of Robert Blane, Dated 1832 By Prosser, Manufacturer To The King, Charing...

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British Chest of Arms, c.1830  Made by Woolley, Sargant and Fairfax. Pine Chest containing twelve flintlock musketoons, pistols,...

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British Chest of Arms, c.1830 Made by Woolley, Sargant and Fairfax. Pine Chest containing twelve flintlock musketoons, pistols,...

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British 1796 Light Cavalry Style Officer’s Sword   A 1796 style light cavalry officer's sword, broad shallow fullered blade with...

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British 1796 Light Cavalry Style Officer’s Sword A 1796 style light cavalry officer's sword, broad shallow fullered blade with...

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A so called “Black Sea” Yataghan,  OaL: 31.5 in/80 cm Caucasian, ca. 19th century, from Hermann Historica.

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A so called “Black Sea” Yataghan, OaL: 31.5 in/80 cm Caucasian, ca. 19th century, from Hermann Historica.

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British Pattern 1896 Cavalry Officer’s Sword Blade 34½", by Hamburger Rogers & Co, King St, Covent Garden, London WC, etched on...

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British Pattern 1896 Cavalry Officer’s Sword Blade 34½", by Hamburger Rogers & Co, King St, Covent Garden, London WC, etched on...

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Military historians and reenactors tend to get a bit morbid when it comes to describing the more gruesome aspects of historical combat to regular civilians and lay folk. It’s understandable, and easy to get carried away - nothing recaptures the attention of a slightly bored party of tourists than describing the horrific damage a musket ball does to someone’s internal organs as its soft lead “flattens out,” or the carnage a dose of grapeshot can wreak on a line of men. In doing so, however, they at times set the cart before the horse. In some cases this is so frequent that some weapons have developed a reputation so bloody that it outweighs the actual principals behind their design. The eighteenth century socket-plug bayonet is one such weapon. 

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A revolutionary design that allowed infantrymen to combine the best characterstics of seventeenth century musketeers and pikemen, the socket-plug bayonet - with only minor variations - was a near-universal tool of European armies throughout the eighteenth century and, indeed, almost to the close of the nineteenth. While different nations produced their own patterns, they by and large shared two notable features beside the socket plug itself - firstly, the blade was triangular in shape, with three sides rather than two, and secondly, the blade usually bore two channels or “fullers.” Both of these elements have had a bit of gory myth-making attached to their functionality. 

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Popular history holds that the triangular pattern was designed specifically to cause the most horrific wounds possible. Some historians will claim that a triangular wound is more difficult to stitch up, and that scar tissue is more likely to break. While this isn’t wholly untrue, the triangular design didn’t come about with this in mind. It came about because a triangular blade is sturdier and less prone to bending or shattering. As a thrusting implement, it is more effective than a flat blade. 

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The fuller has a similar, practical application. Going right back to the nineteenth century, drill sergeants have scared recruits by telling them that the channels are design to allow blood to run off the weapon, or to assist in breaking suction between metal and pierced flesh, allowed a soldier to more easily drag the blade free from his victim. Such descriptions, unsurprisingly, fed into the civilian sphere. In reality though there is next to no danger of a “flesh-suction” dragging or holding a bayonet. The weapon is simply too sharp and slender for such a worry to be physically possible. The fuller’s presence, prosaically, is simply to remove weight from the weapon. The presences of the channels don’t compromise the structural integrity of the weapon, and (as with sword blades) simply serves to lighten the load - and which serving soldier wouldn’t appreciate that? 

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There are plug bayonets, where the handle fits directly into the muzzle of the musket, and there are socket bayonets, where the ‘handle’ is locked around the muzzle and allows for firing with it still mounted. No such thing as a socket-plug bayonet.

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Bayonet Myths

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From Instructions for the Exercise of Small Arms, Field Pieces, etc., for the Use of Her Majesty’s Ships, 1859.

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From Instructions for the Exercise of Small Arms, Field Pieces, etc., for the Use of Her Majesty’s Ships, 1859.

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Private (1880) and officer (1872) of the 20th Hussars in full dress, United Kingdom, plates by R. Simkin
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Private (1880) and officer (1872) of the 20th Hussars in full dress, United Kingdom, plates by R. Simkin

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Various British Fusilier regiments, 1846, plate by Michael Hayes  The central image depicts the 23rd Royal Welsh & the 5th (or...
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Various British Fusilier regiments, 1846, plate by Michael Hayes The central image depicts the 23rd Royal Welsh & the 5th (or...

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Rifle vs Musket - 19th Century Military History Looking specifically at the P1853 Rifle vs the East India Company Model F...

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Rifle vs Musket - 19th Century Military History Looking specifically at the P1853 Rifle vs the East India Company Model F...

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A NAVY OFFICER’S SABRE,France, circa 1900 length 84,3 cm.  https://www.czernys.com/a-95/?o=84472

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A NAVY OFFICER’S SABRE,France, circa 1900 length 84,3 cm. https://www.czernys.com/a-95/?o=84472

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A NAVY OFFICER’S DIRK,England, 19th Century length 59,5 cm.  https://www.czernys.com/a-95/?o=83643

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A NAVY OFFICER’S DIRK,England, 19th Century length 59,5 cm. https://www.czernys.com/a-95/?o=83643

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A little assemblage of Indian weapons that could have been used in the war of 1857-8, including an HEIC percussion musket as...

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A little assemblage of Indian weapons that could have been used in the war of 1857-8, including an HEIC percussion musket as...

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Indian Army Cavalry Trooper’s Sword, late 19th Century to Early 20th Century Made in Britain by Mole of Birmingham, overall...
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Indian Army Cavalry Trooper’s Sword, late 19th Century to Early 20th Century Made in Britain by Mole of Birmingham, overall...

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Persian khanjar with carved ivory hilt, 19th century.  from The Royal Armouries Museum

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Persian khanjar with carved ivory hilt, 19th century. from The Royal Armouries Museum

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A Shamshir with an ivory grip and silver fittings,

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Indian and Iranian, blade ca. 1600-1750, hilt ca. 19th century, housed at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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A Shamshir with an ivory grip and silver fittings, OaL: 38 in/96.5 cm Indian and Iranian, blade ca. 1600-1750, hilt ca. 19th...

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3rd Bengal Cavalry Regimental Pattern Trooper’s Sword    A scarce regimental special pattern solid patent tang cavalry sword for...
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3rd Bengal Cavalry Regimental Pattern Trooper’s Sword A scarce regimental special pattern solid patent tang cavalry sword for...

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Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Style Officer’s Sword for a British Officer in India     An unusual 1821 pattern Indian light cavalry...
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Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Style Officer’s Sword for a British Officer in India An unusual 1821 pattern Indian light cavalry...

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Sabre parries according to Hutton

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Sabre parries according to Hutton

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A SNIDER ENFIELD BREECH LOADING RIFLE WITH BAYONET,England, Third quarter of the 19th Century length 124 cm. ...

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A SNIDER ENFIELD BREECH LOADING RIFLE WITH BAYONET,England, Third quarter of the 19th Century length 124 cm. ...

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Qing New Army Presents Arms. Note the European Style Saber the officer carries.

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Qing New Army Presents Arms. Note the European Style Saber the officer carries.

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A recently acquired, very late  Qing New Army Saber. I can here my students syaing, “ah, Laoshi, that’s  a European military...
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A recently acquired, very late Qing New Army Saber. I can here my students syaing, “ah, Laoshi, that’s a European military...

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Martini-Henry action Jezail  Manufactured in modern-day Pakistan or Afghanistan, dated 1881. .577/450 Martini-Henry single shot...

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Martini-Henry action Jezail Manufactured in modern-day Pakistan or Afghanistan, dated 1881. .577/450 Martini-Henry single shot...

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North African Dagger with Possible Connections to Gordon of Khartoum  [[MORE]]   A low quality late 19th century North African /...

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North African Dagger with Possible Connections to Gordon of Khartoum [[MORE]] A low quality late 19th century North African /...

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Khyber pass Martini-Henry rifle  Manufactured in the mountains of Afghanistan and modern-day Pakistan c.19th century, based on...

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Khyber pass Martini-Henry rifle Manufactured in the mountains of Afghanistan and modern-day Pakistan c.19th century, based on...

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Afghan flintlock jezail  Manufactured in Afghanistan c.mid-19th century using a then 200 years old British East India Co....
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Afghan flintlock jezail Manufactured in Afghanistan c.mid-19th century using a then 200 years old British East India Co....

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Kaskara, 19th Century Straight double edge blade, iron cross piece, grip partly covered with embossed sheet silver, leather...
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Kaskara, 19th Century Straight double edge blade, iron cross piece, grip partly covered with embossed sheet silver, leather...

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British 1796 Light Cavalry Style Officer’s Sword, c.1800 The curved blade is etched with the crowned Royal cypher, Royal arms...
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British 1796 Light Cavalry Style Officer’s Sword, c.1800 The curved blade is etched with the crowned Royal cypher, Royal arms...

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British Pattern 1821 Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Sword By Hamburger Rogers and Company, pierced decorated guard, wired shagreen...

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British Pattern 1821 Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Sword By Hamburger Rogers and Company, pierced decorated guard, wired shagreen...

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ORLANDO NORIE (1832-1901)-The remains of the Prince Imperial leaving the mortuary at Woolwich Arsenal, 11 July 1879. c.1879

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ORLANDO NORIE (1832-1901)-The remains of the Prince Imperial leaving the mortuary at Woolwich Arsenal, 11 July 1879. c.1879

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Why the Ottoman Pala is the Ultimate Slashing Sword Today we're going to be looking at a variant of the venerable ottoman kilij....

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Why the Ottoman Pala is the Ultimate Slashing Sword Today we're going to be looking at a variant of the venerable ottoman kilij....

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British Police Cutlass, Mid-19th Century

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British Police Cutlass, Mid-19th Century

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Cocked hat presented to Admiral Sir Charles Napier (1786-1860) in 1855 while he was vice-admiral
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Cocked hat presented to Admiral Sir Charles Napier (1786-1860) in 1855 while he was vice-admiral

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Viking vs Dervish: Similarities of Weapons Separated by 1000 years and thousands of miles, at first sight there isn't much to...

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Viking vs Dervish: Similarities of Weapons Separated by 1000 years and thousands of miles, at first sight there isn't much to...

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2nd Punjab Infantry on Gym Day    A splendid photo from around 1890, showing men of the 2nd Punjab Infantry, with fencing...

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2nd Punjab Infantry on Gym Day A splendid photo from around 1890, showing men of the 2nd Punjab Infantry, with fencing...