1841 British East India Sappers/Miners Sword Bayonet

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James B
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1841 British East India Sappers/Miners Sword Bayonet

Post by James B » Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:44 pm

Hello once more,

Does anyone know what the '2' and the '4' denote on this bayonet?

The bayonet is made by 'Deakin' of Birmingham, does anybody have any information about this maker?

Many Thanks,

James
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Re: 1841 British East India Sappers/Miners Sword Bayonet

Post by Will » Sat Jun 29, 2019 7:52 pm

EIC inspection mark. Deakin and many others found in a great book to own Swords and Sword Makers of England and Scotland by Richard H. Bezdek.
Francis Deakin 1811-1839 Suffolk St. made bayonets for the Board of Ordnance 1812-1813. F.S. Deakin 1840-1850

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Re: 1841 British East India Sappers/Miners Sword Bayonet

Post by James B » Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:36 pm

Thanks again

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Re: 1841 British East India Sappers/Miners Sword Bayonet

Post by Gordon K. Byrne » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:01 pm

Hi James,

The inspection mark on your bayonet is representative of Q over 4.

The script "Q" ( easily mistaken for 2) being indicative of the EIC Inspection period of around the later period of March 1850 , through to around the same later period of March 1851.

The "4" is indicative of the particular Inspector, who is believed to be Henry Moore. This mark is usually found in the ram-rod groove, or on the ramrods of firearms and on bayonets.

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Re: 1841 British East India Sappers/Miners Sword Bayonet

Post by Will » Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:19 am

Gordon where did you find the reference to date EIC markings? I had it once but lost the link to it.

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Re: 1841 British East India Sappers/Miners Sword Bayonet

Post by Richard » Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:24 am

Will

Info re EIC dating and this particular sword socket bayonet is all in David Harding's 'Introduction to East India Company Small Arms c1775-1851' [Foresight Books 2013]

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Re: 1841 British East India Sappers/Miners Sword Bayonet

Post by James B » Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:42 pm

Thanks Gordon for your clear and concise answer, when I initially posted this I thought that the '2' might be another character.

Thanks Richard for the additional reading.

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