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Plug-bayonet: M.5-1956

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Maker(s)

Du Cellier, Abraham (Production)

Description

Plug-bayonet with boxwood grip of baluster form set in brass mouldings, short up-curving quillons and shell-shaped blade guard of brass, the steel blade etched and with gilt inlay.
Inscribed with the maker's name and address on one side in French and in Dutch on the other; as follows: Abm Du Cellier/md Fourbisseur/français dans/Le Kalverstraat/vis a vis/Le Cloître/à Amsterdam: Abm Du Cellier/mE Svaardviger/an der) Kalverstraat/set yas over/...Kloster/hat Amsterdam.

Notes

History note: Formerly in the Baron de Cosson Collection

Legal notes

Given by A.J. Hugh Smith through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 47.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Amsterdam ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1956-11-22) by Smith, Arnold John Hugh

Dating

Early 18th Century
Circa 1700 CE - 1730 CE

Note

Early firearms were not always completely reliable and took time to reload. Bayonets were developed early on to convert a longarm, into a formidable weapon with which to fight the enemy hand to hand. This type of bayonet was pushed into the muzzle of a gun but later example were made that fitted to the side of the barrel so that it was possible to fire it as well as use the bayonet.

Components of the work

Grip composed of boxwood Blade Inlay composed of gold Blade composed of steel Blade Guard composed of brass (alloy) Mountings composed of brass (alloy) Blade Decoration

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Abm Du Cellier/md Fourbisseur/français dans/Le Kalverstraat/vis a vis/Le Cloître/à Amsterdam
  • Location: On blade
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: Abm Du Cellier/mE Svaardviger/an der) Kalverstraat/set yas over/...Kloster/hat Amsterdam
  • Location: On blade
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5-1956
Primary reference Number: 19251
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 20 April 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 21 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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