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Welcome to 'Antique Arms' - For the identification and research of antique swords, bayonets and flintlock guns
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This is an exciting and comprehensive site to help identify antique swords, bayonets and flintlock guns and is designed to hold a vast library of information of use to the collector/researcher. Whether you have just come into possesion of an unidentified antique and want to learn more or if you are a serious collector/historian wanting to preform research, this site will provide you with lots of invaluable information. We wish to promote the study of antique arms. We have a huge image library of thousands of items and hundreds of examples of official patterns/models from many different nations.

This new site is a merger of two very well established and popular websites www.OldBayos.com and www.OldSwords.com. Users of those sites will have the same access to this site you do not need to re-register. We have now added the catagory of antique flintlock pistols and longarms. Over time we hope that this subject area will be covered as comprehensively as swords and bayonets but please be aware that is is a new addition to the scope of the site so will take a while to build up our coverage of this subject. We currently have 57815 images of swords, 5200 of bayonets and 2213 of flintlock guns.

The site is the largest online resource of its type on the Internet and our sites have been successfully assisting collectors with identification for over 10 years.

We have over 55,000 images, over 700 recognizable models/patterns and a gallery consisting of over 300 official/government patterns from 21 different nations.

The site has some very useful tools including amongst others...  Site Contents

  •   Database - Thousands of swords that can be searched using a variety of methods.
  •   Gallery - A gallery of official national patterns.
  •   Makers - Details of thousands of makers and retailers. Including a method to identify a company from a partial name or address.
Edged weapons, in one form or another, have been the primary arm for the past millennium and even today, in the age of weapons of mass destruction, the sword is still a symbol of honour and tradition. It is still sometimes carried by officers of every major country in the world.

This site mainly focuses on the period from 1700 - 1945 covering swords from such conflicts as :

  • American War of Independence
  • Napoleonic Wars
  • War of 1812
  • Spanish American War
  • World Wars I & II
  • World Wars I & II
  • ..... .and many others from the period..