Bayonet, For 1856/58 Pattern Enfield 2 band short rifle; Kirschbaum; 1858-1870; ...

Name/Title

Bayonet, For 1856/58 Pattern Enfield 2 band short rifle

About this object

A bayonet for a British 1856/1858 Pattern Enfield 2 band short rifle. We have the corresponding rifle in our collection (RI.W2003.2105).

The yataghan fullered blade is 577 mm (23") long. The steel crosspiece has cockscomb and button finial and is engraved with the number '534'. The ricasso bears the knight's helmet mark of the maker Kirschbaum of Solingen, Germany. On the obverse a broad arrow over 'W.D.' indicates that it was made for the British War Department. A crown is also stamped above the inspection marks.

The hilt has a black, pressed leather checkered grip. The bayonet attaches to the rifle by fitting the muzzle-ring over the barrel muzzle and fastening it to a lug on the barrel with a button leaf spring.

The bayonet comes with an all-steel scabbard with a rounded tip and mounting dome. These scabbards were originally covered in leather with a steel locket and chape.

For more information on this bayonet and its use please refer to this excellent article on the New Zealand Arms Register (NZAR) website:

'NZAR ID 42, Arm Type Bayonet' compiled by Phil Cregeen.

Maker

Kirschbaum

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

1858-1870

Place Made

Europe, Germany, Solingen

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, iron
inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, steel
organic, processed material, leather

Inscription and Marks

Crosspiece engraved with the number '534'.
The ricasso bears the knight's helmet mark of the maker Kirschbaum of Solingen, Germany and on the obverse is a 'Broad Arrow over 'W.D'. indicating that it was made for the British War Department. The inspections marks are are stamped crown over '28 B'.

Measurements

Overall: l 710 mm x w 110 mm x d 30 mm
Hilt: l 135 mm x w 110 mm x d 30 mm
Blade: l 577 mm x w 32 mm x d 11 mm
Scabbard: l 601 mm x w 42 mm x d 31 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Military

Subject and Association Keywords

Weapons

Object Type

weapons

Object number

RI.W2003.2092

Rights

Attribution - Non-commercial (cc) Attribution - Non-commercial (cc)

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