French Bayonet, named “Chassepot “ Model 1866 for the rifle with the same name – Fusil modèle 1866 – with a Yataghan Blade, also utilized as a short sword. Inscribed on the edge, “Mre D’Armes De Chat Mai 1871” – Manufacture of Arms Chatellerault, May 1871.
The bayonet has abundant marks and serial numbers. The touch marks resemble coin silver touch marks of the same period.
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After diligent searches of auction results and, for all appearances, knowledgeable internet dealers, I found this bayonet to be in a very enviable condition. I did not find one as original as this example.
For some idiotic reason, an individual waxed the scabbard- go figure. If this was a piece of furniture it would easily be reversed – but metal, please confer with an expert.
We purchased this piece from a private person this week.
This bayonet is brass-hilted with a spring steel latching arrangement on the right side. The crossguard is iron (steel) and has a screw-type tightening arrangement on the muzzle-ring. The lower quillon is a hooked “blade-breaker” type.
The blade is steel, single-edged, fullered (both sides), with a re-curved or “yataghan-shape.”
Marks on the base of the blade, right-hand side near the quillon are an “F” in a double oval. An “S” with a five-point star above stamped in an oval shape. Of the left-hand side “8”. On the guard or quillon “B 81577”. The scabbard does not appear to be marked. Inside the mortise slot “V” and “517”.
Dimensions: The bayonet has a 23″ blade with an overall length of 28″. T:
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