Officer's Plug Bayonette

Officer's Plug Bayonette

c.1690

Steel serrated blade, brass, and wood

Overall: 46.6 cm (18 3/8 in.); Blade: 30.2 cm (11 7/8 in.); Quillions: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.); Grip: 15.4 cm (6 1/16 in.)

Weight: 240 g (8.47 oz.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1659

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The owner's or maker's mark on this blade is unidentified.

Description

Used increasingly in warfare during the 1600s, the plug bayonet was inserted into the muzzle of a gun to make a weapon with a long shaft. This eventually made the use of pikemen in warfare obsolete as the new musketeer could now continue after having run out of shots.

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