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Thread: Silver Inlaid socket - Copy of British early 19th century carbine bayonet.

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    Silver Inlaid socket - Copy of British early 19th century carbine bayonet.

    A few years ago, some members on this forum were very helpful assisting me to identify some script on a plug bayonet. I am hoping you can be of assistance again on this one.

    The bayonet is either in the style of a British carbine bayonet or possibly is a reutilized British bayonet. It has been beautifully decorated with silver inlay of a type I believe is called Koftgari. On the top of the socket is a cartouche with script that looks like Arabic lettering to me. My guess is this is from the Indian subcontinent. Any help on identifying the script or translating it would be wonderful.

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    Shawn, unfortunately I can not help you but an image of the whole bayonet would be nice.

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    You've seen the interesting parts, but here is the overall shot.
    BTW, I believe the script may be Telugu.
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    Last edited by Shawn Gibson; 06-28-2017 at 02:45 PM.

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    It looks similar to the script seen covering some Sudanese weapons.

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    Just bumping this. Does anyone recognize the script? Possibly Telugu.

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    Hi Shawn

    Socket bayonets are really not my area.

    The silver overlay would be 'Koftgari' if Indian or Persian.
    Remember also that silver/gold overlay techniques were used across a huge area spanning eastern Europe, the Caucases, India, South East Asia and on..........

    It's very well done and the caligraphy is interesting.
    Can you see a pattern of crosshatching under the silver?

    This is done to roughen the surface and give the silver wires purchase when pushed onto the heated surface of the steel.

    I'm not sure where this was made or 'modified'.
    The suspension loop is unusual and has a Persian/Ottoman feel.
    Should it have a 'collar'?

    Can you show us some more pictures of the oher decorated areas, such as the top of the blade?
    Last edited by Gene Wilkinson; 06-26-2018 at 01:27 PM.

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