One of the things I have always liked about collecting firearms is the relative ease with which they can be dated, because of manufacturing records and standardized patterns. My latest foray into kukri-related gun restoration is one of IMA's untouched Nepalese Brunswick-pattern smooth-bore muskets, with accompanying bayonet. Although Nepalese records, especially for this particular weapon, are sparse, it can be fairly well dated. At least 200 of these were recovered from the Lagan Silekhana palace in 2003, along with a variety of earlier and later firearms. This chronological record allows these guns to be dated fairly precisely in the mid-1850s.
The sword bayonet is single-edged, with a decorated iron hilt and knuckle guard. The decoration resembles some kukris
I have seen. There is a rounded langet with a fairly crudely inscribed image. All of these iron-hilted bayonets have the same image. John Walter shows it in his Guns of the Gurkhas
IMA's description is "Officer's issue Steel Hilted Sword Bayonet which displays an East India Company Rampart Lion devise on the "longette" of the cross guard." I have been unable to find any emblem associated with the Honourable East India Company that resembles this image. I question why a gun made in Nepal for issue to the Royal Nepalese Army (the Barda Bahadur battalion according to the markings on mine) would be marked with John Company's logo in any case. Since all of the bayonets have the same emblem, it must have some significance, though. Can anyone tell what it is from my admittedly poor pictures?
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