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British Pattern 1863 Whitworth Rifle Sword Bayonet – Ultra Rare

British Pattern 1863 Whitworth Rifle Sword Bayonet – Ultra Rare

$825.00
Product code: 15

Availability: SOLD

Quick Overview:

This is an ultra rare mid nineteenth century bayonet from the most famous of British arms manufacturers: steel and leather chequerboard hilt with a leaf spring steel press button release catch, secured by a single steel screw bolts, steel crossguard with muzzle ring and flat finial crossguard. Single edged fullered Yataghan steel blade with flattened ridge.

Details

British Pattern 1863 Whitworth Yataghan Sword Bayonet (similar to the Pattern 1856 & 1858) and designed for use with the Pattern 1863 Whitworth rifle.  An ultra rare Enfield manufactured bayonet easily distinguished from the more common pattern Yataghan blades by the circular locking slot. Only 8000 of these bayonets were ever produced.

 This bayonet has a 28.25 inch (582mm) long recurving blade, often called "Yataghan" due to similarities in shape to some Turkish blades.  The blade is fullered and is pitted on both sides.  The grips are black chequered leather secured to the tang by four rivets. There is a disc finial on the top of the muzzle ring and another at the lower end of the quillon.  The locking bolt is on the left side of the beak-shaped pommel with the return spring inset into the right side and secured by a screw.  

Whitworth bayonets, which are as rare as rocking horse teeth (this is only the second one I have ever seen, the other is in my own collection), were issued with the outstanding Pattern 1863 Whitworth rifle. Interestingly, approximately a 1000 Whitworth rifles were acquired by the CSA during the American Civil War. The rifle was widely reputed to be the finest sniper rifle in use with the Confederate Army. On a cursory inspection the Pattern 1863 Whitworth Bayonet could be mistaken for the Pattern 1856 Enfield Sword bayonet (bar on band type) but on looking closer you will see that the bayonet slot in the pommel is round not rectangular as with the standard issue.

8000 Whitworth Rifles and Bayonets were issued between 1863 and 1867, at a scale of 68 weapons per battalion to each of the following regiments:

  • 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards
  • 1st Battalion Scots Fusilier Guards
  • 1st Battalion 3rd Foot
  • 1st Battalion 5th Foot
  • 1st Battalion 21st Foot
  • 1st Battalion 24th Foot
  • 1st Battalion 60th Rifles
  • 2nd Battalion 60th Rifles
  • 75th Foot
  • 86th Royal Regiment
  • 4th Battalion Rifle Regiment

In India:

  • 34th Foot
  • 42nd Foot
  • 77th Foot
  • 91st Foot

This is an ultra rare mid nineteenth century bayonet from the most famous of British arms manufacturers: steel and leather chequerboard hilt with a leaf spring steel press button release catch, secured by a single steel screw bolts, steel crossguard with muzzle ring and flat finial crossguard. Single edged fullered Yataghan steel blade with flattened ridge. Unfortunately, I have no information about how this bayonet came to be in Australia. I acquired it in Victoria.

An incredibly rare and highly sought after bayonet I have only seen one other listed in the last 4 years.  

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 2.2000
Country of Origin British
Pattern Pattern 1863
Bayonet Type Sword
Maker Enfield
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1863
Overall Length (mm) 718
Blade Length (mm) 582
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 20.2
Scabbard No
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) No
Frog No