Rare 18C. Italian Socket Bayonet
Date: 18 C.
Socket Bayonets replaced the earlier plug bayonet in the second half of the 17 C. It allowed to fire the gun also when the bayonet was mounted on the barrel. Socket bayonet seen extended use in military affairs In the 18 C. and well into the 19C. Less common was the use of socket bayonets in civilian affairs, for hunting purposes and on shotguns.
The bayonet offerd here is a civilian exemplar, probably an hunting implement, Italian early 18C. or earlier. Blade of hexagonal flat cross section nicely engraved and inlaid with brass round inserts. Blackened steel.
Blade 8 1/2 inches long. Total length 13 inches, Very good condition.
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