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Plug-bayonet: M.6-1956

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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


Mid-18th Century
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 Decoration:

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.6-1956
Primary reference Number: 19256
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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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