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Swedish Remington Rolling block rifle M1867-89 Socket Bayonet, straight cruciform blade 19 1/4” to the shoulder. Socket has a sprung press catch which is mint on each bayonet. Shank with Swedish makers logo of Crown over C (Carl Gustaf Stads gevärsfaktori) on each bayonet - other markings as follows;-
Bayonet Reference No -SKU:721D Inspectors markings of G.F. and G.M. Number 3201 stamped on opposite side of shank. Unit markings in two lines on socket 9 R.B. / No.1484 (9th Infantry Regiment, Conscripted Soldier, Rifle no 1484)
Bayonet Reference No - SKU: 722D Inspectors markings of J.B. and G.M. Number 18431 stamped on opposite side of shank. Unit markings in two lines on socket 20R.7K / No. 96. (20th Infantry Regiment. 7th Company, Rifle no 96)
Bayonet Reference No - SKU: 723D Inspectors markings of J.B. and J.G. Number 8099 stamped on opposite side of shank. Unit markings in two lines on socket 10R.B. / No. 1525 (10th Infantry Regiment, Conscripted Soldier, Rifle no 1525)
Available individually or a discounted price for all three, each bayonet is in fine condition with approximately 90% original finish. This bayonet is a conversion of the M1867 socket bayonet used with the 12.17 mm Remington rolling block rifle. This ‘89 conversion for the 8mm M1867-89 rolling block rifle meant removing the old socket and brazing a new socket in place. The join is plainly visible on all these model bayonets. This is the only socket bayonet to incorporate a coil-spring press stud. The socket measures 1.875 in. (48 mm.) long.
For decoding the inspectors markings please refer to Per Holmbäck’s excellent reference website http://www.holmback.se/bayonets/bayonets.htm
From a collection of Scottish Dirks that included a dated dirk illustrated in James Drummond’s series of watercolours: “Ancient Scottish Weapons” is this unusual variant of an early dirk. Following on from (or contemporary with) the Dudgeon dagger and Ballock/Ballock knives, the early double edged 9.25" blade of this dirk is diamond shape - good patina consistent with its age.
Where this dirk differs to all that I have seen before is the carved ivory grip with shaped haunch, two concentric carved ivory bands between three iron bands topped by a rounded ivory pommel. The pommel is fixed to the tang by a round iron plate. Overall grip is 4" long including pommel. Complete with tooled hard leather scabbard in excellent condition - may be a slightly later replacement. Overall length including scabbard 13.75".
A very rare dirk with an ivory grip. The reason for using an ivory grip to any such item was usually decorative to denote quality or practicality for reasons such as naval use.
Please Note: The ivory used in this dirk is antique and was carved pre 1947 so current CITES and UK laws allow this item to be sold within the UK. It is elephant ivory as the unique Lines of Retzius can be seen when looking down on the top of pommel. We fully support new legislation banning the trade in ivory where the UK will be taking a hard line - shame it has not happened before. Currently all ivory items made before 1947 can be freely bought and sold, though importers and exporters need a permit. The new upcoming UK laws will close the “antiques exemption” in the current legislation, which allows for the sale of ivory that was carved pre-1947. However we understand that the new legislation will allow limited continued trade in some older items of exceptional artistic or cultural value which will be governed by being included on a register of such items. This is certainly a near unique historic dirk that we would strongly support being submitted to that register when it comes into force. Until the new laws are passed then this is still an object that can be sold as antique and pre dates 1947 CITES ruling by a wide margin.
The sword is 33" overall with a 28" curved blade. The hilt including a solid brass bowl guard and ribbed grip are all from a Swedish 1893 pattern trooper's sword and stamped with the inspectors mark "GM" under a crown. The blade however is an old period replacement, possibly modified for sea service as it is 10" shorter than the original blade and has a single cutting edge instead of the double sided blade found on the original pattern. It is not known if the blade was modified at the time of manufacture or shortly afterwards. Further research may reveal if such blades were routinely fitted or if this is a unique modification.
The blade is slightly pitted with an even unrestored patina. The solid brass bowl is in good condition and the grip appears original but worn.
Rare genuine and possibly unique English Civil War period original leather Stilletto/Rondel sheath circa 1640-1650 likely made for a high status individual due to its quality and decoration. Beautifully made with winged 5" wide decoration to top of sheath with applied decorated 1.6" diameter circle. Sheath is 9.5" long, 1.25" opening to mouth of sheath reducing down to a point. Leather stitching with draw string at top still present.
This English Civil War period sheath is an extremely rare, possibly unique survivor which has only survived due to the nature of its storage - it was found in a 16th/17th Century house in Evesham bricked up behind an airtight wall. A Main Gauche and spur were also found in the same place with the Main Gauche blade dated 1643 (Main Gauche and spur available separately). Apart from the Battle of Evesham in 1645, Charles I also stayed at Evesham so the civil war links make this a historic item. It is likely that the sheath is even older than 1640 however there is no way to tell how long passed between its manufacture and its storage within the wall in Evesham.
Leather is in superb condition for its age with minor losses. Stiching is mostly present but seams have separated in places. Draw string present. Since acquisition the sheath has been carefully wrapped in clingfilm until a professional/museum conservator can apply any necessary preservative. We have not attempted this but would suggest that the buyer takes immediate professional conservation advice to preserve this unique English Civil War artifact.
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