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    English Plug Bayonet by John Hathaway, ca. 1690

    English Plug Bayonet by John Hathaway, ca. 1690

    Item details

    Featuring tapering 11 ½" single-edged wedge-section blade, double-edged for the last 5
    1/4".  The forte is deeply stamped on one side with the Blazing Star mark assigned to John
    Hathaway by the Worshipful Company of Cutlers of London on September 26, 1689 and
    also an unidentified King’s Head mark (KH18 in R.D.C. Evans’ “The Plug Bayonet”).
    While the King’s Head was a mark used by Solingen makers Weyersberg and Wundes,
    this mark is clearly different, as all the German Kings Head marks are left facing profiles,
    whereas this one is right facing.  The brass hilt is of the type known as the Winged Figure
    Series in Evans’ book and the slightly upturned quillons and pommel both feature this
    three-dimensional figure.  The grip is of turned walnut with a brass ferrule at the base and
    tapering crimped pommel cap with integral winged figure finial.  Overall length 17 5/8".
    Blade with light pitting, hilt and grip near excellent.  A very fine example of a classic English
    plug bayonet of the period of James II and the ascension of William of Orange.  Another
    example by this maker, formerly in the 2003 catalog of Peter Finer, Ltd. is currently being
    offered by a UK dealer for 2825 British Pounds (nearly $4000 USD).

    Code
    SD1695
    Period
    17th Century
    Nationality
    British

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