WW1 – WW2 – Post War Bayonets.
Bayonets have always been collectible whether captured on the field of combat as a “souvenir” after an action or over as an affordable military collectible item that has service and history.
Bayonets come in many sizes depending on the prevailing military issued rifle or sub machine gun in operation during a particular period. Examples : the British SMLE rifle – in the 1907 pattern had a 17 inch blade – this remained with different models well through both world wars. In the 1950’s the British Sterling 9mm L2A3 Sub machine gun had the far shorter No 5 Bayonet and the British SLR had the later 1958 L1A3 bayonet with a parkerised blade.
All countries produced bayonets and German, Austrian, Japanese and Italian Axis Forces, as well as Allied versions are highly collectible and depending on condition can be a good investment.
Fighting Knives and Soldiers everyday penknives and clasp knives are an interesting collecting area.
WW1 - WW2 - Post War Bayonets-Knives