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Bayonets

Soon after the advent of the musket, bayonets developed to assist hunters and armies. Originally, the bayonet was created so hunters could face wounded animals.

In military situations, the bayonet was needed because rifles at the time were inaccurate and required a lot of time to reload. The bayonet offered another fighting option for the soldier. Eventually, the bayonet became a wartime standard for armies and navies across the world.


Quick Facts

  • The term bayonet originally applied to small, flat, unmounted knives
  • Cold steel began being used as a colloquial term for knives since the 1700s
  • To this day, bayonets are still issued to many modern armies, including the United States Army

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Model US 1816 Bayonet with 8 Rivet Scabbard
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Model US 1816 Bayonet with 8 Rivet Scabbard
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Swiss M1899 Bayonet & Scabbard
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Swiss M1899 Bayonet & Scabbard
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WWI BRITISH & SWISS SWORD BAYONETS W/ SCABBARDS
Nov 30, 9:00 AM EST
WWI BRITISH & SWISS SWORD BAYONETS W/ SCABBARDS
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THREE FRENCH BAYONETS
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VINTAGE AK47 BAYONET SERIAL NUMBER AG3914
Dec 07, 9:00 AM EST
VINTAGE AK47 BAYONET SERIAL NUMBER AG3914
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Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
SPANISH AMERICAN WAR ERA HAVERSACK & 45-70 BAYONET
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
SPANISH AMERICAN WAR ERA HAVERSACK & 45-70 BAYONET
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AK37 BAYONET MATCHING SERIAL USM8A1 BAYONET
Nov 30, 9:00 AM EST
AK37 BAYONET MATCHING SERIAL USM8A1 BAYONET
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Est: $200- $300
$501 Bid
British Enfield No. 4 MKII Bayonet
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
British Enfield No. 4 MKII Bayonet
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
Bajonett AK-47 - GDR bayonet for the AK-47 rifle
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
Bajonett AK-47 - GDR bayonet for the AK-47 rifle
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€301 Bid
A COPY OF A STEN GUN TUBULAR SPIKE BAYONET
Nov 30, 10:00 AM GMT
A COPY OF A STEN GUN TUBULAR SPIKE BAYONET
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Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
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Est: €0- €0
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2 Bajonette Österreich-Ungarn und Jugoslawien - 2 bayonets Austro-Hungary and Yugoslavia
Dec 03, 9:30 AM CET
2 Bajonette Österreich-Ungarn und Jugoslawien - 2 bayonets Austro-Hungary and Yugoslavia
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
A 1907 PATTERN BAYONET
Nov 30, 10:00 AM GMT
A 1907 PATTERN BAYONET
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Est: £80- £120
£551 Bid
A CANADIAN ROSS MKI BAYONET
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A CANADIAN ROSS MKI BAYONET
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Est: £200- £300
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AN AUSTRIAN 1796 PATTERN JAEGER RIFLE SOCKET SWORD BAYONET
Nov 30, 10:00 AM GMT
AN AUSTRIAN 1796 PATTERN JAEGER RIFLE SOCKET SWORD BAYONET
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Est: £120- £160
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4 PRE WWII GERMAN MODEL 1884/98 III BAYONETS.
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A chasseurs sabre-bayonet
Dec 16, 10:00 AM CET
A chasseurs sabre-bayonet
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Est: €100- €200
€1000 Bids
19thc German Imperial ALEX COPPEL SOLINGEN Sword Bayonet
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
19thc German Imperial ALEX COPPEL SOLINGEN Sword Bayonet
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $600- $750
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A WW1 GERMAN PRESENTATION BAYONET
Nov 30, 9:30 AM GMT
A WW1 GERMAN PRESENTATION BAYONET
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
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WWI FRENCH BAYONET WITH SCABBARD
Dec 03, 2:00 PM PST
WWI FRENCH BAYONET WITH SCABBARD
by Linwoods Auction
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Bayonets


Antony Cribb Ltd

Antony Cribb Ltd

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Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG