Object Title

Sword bayonet - Baker Pattern 1806 saw-back

Sword bayonet - Baker Pattern 1806 saw-back

Date

about 1806

Object Number

PR.1928

Provenance

Gifted with the Pattern Room by the ministry of Defence Transferred to the Pattern Room from the Armouries, Tower of London

Physical Description

Hilt form: cast brass with vestigially beaked pommel and rounded end.The broad deep T-shaped attachment slot is cut into the left side of the ribbed and grooved, twenty-seven shallow vertical grooves in all grips. Projecting from the underside of the grips is a small plain steel press stud which operates an internal catch by means of a long steel leaf-spring recessed within the back of the hilt. The leaf-spring is secured by a single screw at the pommel end. Underside of grips rounded and shaped to hand, back rounded and straight. Crossguard form: separately cast brass crosspiece, the backswept lower guard extending into full plain curved knucklebow. The spatulate upper guard is slightly angled towards blade. The right side of crossguard has a roughly semi-circular langet, The blade is 38 mm wide. Blade form: single-edged, tapering very slightly towards its broad spear point, unfullered. The rear of the blade is cut with saw teeth to within 90mm of the spear point.

Materials

Dimensions

BladeLength23inches
BladeLength585mm
BladeWidth1.5inches
BladeWidth38mm
OverallLength28inches
OverallLength712mm
OverallWeight1kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 561

Inscriptions and Marks

rack number
561
guard tang
stamp
inspectors stamp
crowned 19
blade
stamp
Ownership mark
crowned VR
right side of pommel
stamp

Associations

Notes

This pattern of bayonet was probably supplied by Ezikiel Baker as he billed the government on the 24 September 1806 for: "A Rifle Sword, saw-cut on the back for Riflemen as a Pattern £1.1.0. and another ditto". This is probably the earlist attempt to combine a saw-blade with the soldier's bayonet.