Austrian Plug Bayonet c.1710 Austrian Plug Bayonet c.1710 Austrian Plug Bayonet c.1710 Austrian Plug Bayonet c.1710

Austrian Plug Bayonet c.1710

The plug bayonet was the first attempt to convert the musket into a pike when in close quarter fighting. The obvious disadvantage of these spikes is that they are mounted directly into the barrel preventing the loading and firing of the firearm during combat. They were used all through Europe in the late 17th and early 18th century by infantry. This particular version is very long, exceeding 16" and having both a long blade and a lengthy post to mount the barrel. The tip is of particular interest having a needle tip and a small hatchet type device at the bottom of the blade to maybe use as a hook for armour. A very intimidating blade and a great example of these primitive bayonets. The wood and blade are in very good condition.

Code: 50998

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