Solingen inspection mark on British 1860 bayonet

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Solingen inspection mark on British 1860 bayonet

Postby niimmm » 07 Aug 2017 08:18

Hi guys,

I'mresearching a British 1860 pattern bayonet before buying and I'm wondering if you can help.

Here is a picture of the bayonet in question. It has two proof marks one on top of the other. The top one is a typical Enfield mark and war dept arrow - that was when the bayonet was modified in 1883. But it's the earlier mark I'm unfamiliar with. It's a crown - S - 14.

Am I right in thinking this is a solingen proof mark? Is there more online research I can do on solingen?

Simon
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Re: Solingen proof marks on British 1860 bayonet

Postby grapeshot » 07 Aug 2017 13:09

Hello Simon,
Your solingen proof mark was used on imported German blades in the 19 century.
There is an online site about proof markings, I hope this helps.
All the best.
Jim
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Re: Solingen proof marks on British 1860 bayonet

Postby ED, in Los Angeles » 07 Aug 2017 23:25

Big "S" under open crown is Solingen. The Number "14" is the inspectors number.

This is an inspection mark, not a proof mark. Proof Marks are on guns. "Proof" that the gun won't blow up in your face. The only Proof mark on a British blade is the bend test "X" on the ricasso. The blade has bent successfully to "prove" it will not break when you use it in combat.

The Enfield inspector stamp was probably done during the modification of this 1860 bayo. I am assuming this is an 1860 yataghan bayo conversion to Martini Henry sword bayonet.
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Re: Solingen proof marks on British 1860 bayonet

Postby niimmm » 08 Aug 2017 06:53

Thank you for your replies Jim & Ed.

Thank you too for getting me right on the terminology. Yes this is a 1860 bayonet adapted to fit the Martini Henry that I've seen for sale. I've got a few that are possibilities and I was unsure about buying a Solingen blade.

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