The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway

Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
Bayonet, socket, model 1816, used for 1850's conversions.

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.   Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.  None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to sales listings for items offered for sale.  This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.  I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me.  All  items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.   Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.    This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.

All weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use.  These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever!  Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied.

Bayonet, socket, model 1816, .69 cal.

Socket bayonet was produced for use with the Model 1816 series of  muskets, most of these were converted to percussion in the 1850's.  The bayonet socket is distinguished by use of a "T" mortise, no tightening bands, flat wide blade with no flutes.  Bayonet is marked: "US", additional inspector marks.   Bayonet measures: length overall 19in., socket 3in., blade length 15.9in., bore diameter .83in.  
Ref: Reilly Socket Bayonets, Fig. B51 and sequence.

W0646     Bayonet, socket, model 1816, .69 cal.

W0647     Bayonet, socket, model 1816, .69 cal.

W0766     Bayonet, socket, model 1816, .69 cal.

W1105     Bayonet, socket, model 1816, .69 cal.
Recovered: northern Virginia. 

W1273     Bayonet, socket, model 1795 to 1830's?, .69 cal.
It is not clear which bayonet this is.  Socket bayonet fits .69cal, the "L" mortise seems to generally match bayonets 1795 to 1816, however the blade is fluted suggesting 1830's manufacture.  It seems to fit most .69 cal smoothbore conversions of the 1850's.  Bayonet measures: length overall 21in., socket 3in.., bore fits .69 cal.