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Plug-bayonet: M.6-1956

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Current Location: Gallery 31 (Armoury)






Plug-bayonet. The horn grip of baluster form with silver cup mounting. Short curving quillons and blade guard of silver; decorated with flowers and leaves, the steel blade, with etched silver mount, pierced in the centre with a leaf design.

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 39 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid#
Circa 1750 CE - 1800 CE


This very decorative bayonet must have been made for a wealthy officer or commander to show off his wealth and status.

Components of the work

Grip composed of horn
Blade Guard composed of silver
Blade Mount composed of silver
Mounting composed of silver
Blade composed of steel

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.6-1956
Primary reference Number: 19256
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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