An English plug bayonet
An English plug bayonet, late 17th century. The broad blade is struck with the maker’s mark of a blazing star. Brass mounts include the crosspiece with swollen and slightly down turned finials. The grip is made from oak, and has been pierced to enable it to be used as part of a decorative display. For another identical bayonet but with the hole in the grip filled in, now in the Royal Armouries (No. X.688) see Anthony North et al "Swords and Hilt Weapons" 1989 p.82.
Blade length 9” (23cms) Overall length 14” (36cms)
the mark of the blazing star is recorded in the Court Minutes of the London Cutler’s Company as being granted to John Hathaway on 26th September 1689, see K Kinde and J Herbert “The Collections of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers of London-Part One” 2005 p 123