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Pattern 1768 Bayonet

ca. 1780-1781
Origin: England, Birmingham
OA: 22 1/8" Blade: 17 7/16" x 1 3/16"
Iron and steel
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1949-16,B
British Pattern 1768 bayonet of the standard form.
Label:To accompany their new, shorter Land Pattern muskets, the Board of Ordnance ordered a new pattern of socket bayonet with a narrower blade. This wartime-produced example bears the mark of Thomas Hadley, a prolific contractor based Britain’s industrial Midlands.
Provenance:Part of the issue of arms to the Westmoreland Militia during the last two decades of the 18th. century. From the collection at Lowther Castle, via W. Keith Neal. Likely once part of an arms display installed by James Lowther, 1st. Earl of Lonsdale (1736-1802), who served as the Colonel of the Westmoreland Militia.
Mark(s):Base of blade marked "HADLEY," along with a "Crown 4" and another circular mark.
Inscription(s):Socket engraved "9 / 1" between the mortise and socket.