Four of them came from estate sales, three from pawn shops, one from Craig's List and the rest from fleabay.
Edit to add::
Craig's List and Pawn Shops are often overlooked as good sources for S&Ps (Sharp and Pointies). There is a lot of junk knives to wade through to find the gems, but the gems are USUALLY much less expensive than fleabay.
Examples - from Craig's list - one time I met up with a retired Air Force colonel because he had an odd bayonet he wanted to sell. He only want $45 for it, so I figured I'd at least look at it. I couldn't figure out what it was because the writing on it was weird, and I bought it any way. Then he said, "Here's a couple more you can have. I don't have scabbards for them and they need a home." I confirmed he meant for free and he said yep.
Turned out the weird one was a 1903 Siamese bayonet made by the Tokyo Arsenal for the 5000 German Mausers the Tokyo Arsenal was making for the Siamese Army. The other 2 bayonets were an 1876 French Gras T-back and a 1907 SMLE Enfield bayonet made at the Mangrovite Arsenal in Australia.
Another Craig's list score - a man wanted $60 for "an old military knife and bayonet". Met with him and they turned out to be one of the first 50K Camillus-made screw pommel 1219C2s in nearly prisitne condition and the bayonet was a Japanese Type 30 Tokyo Arsenal made.
Last edited by zzyzzogeton; 03-28-2016 at 12:45 PM.
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