You are bidding on a very rare and collectible Frech bayonet and scabba. My great grandfather collected antique war memorabilia and this was given to me many many years ago. Below are the details and history about this antique bayonet and scabba. The bayonet is stamped with serial # AB43918 and the Scabba serial # is FH20682. Writing on the bayonet spine is as follows "St. Etienne Juillet 1871".


This is the most widely copied of all the sword bayonets. Many countries - including the United States, Egypt, Belgium, and Argentina - have manufactured or used very similar bayonets. The French model was designed to fit on the French Model 1866 Chassepot Rifled Infantry Musket (the musket was revolutionary in itself). It was manufactured from 1866 to about 1874 and was replaced by the French Model 1874 "Gras" Bayonet .
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." The blades are usually marked on the back-edge (opposite the cutting edge) with the arsenal, month, and year of manufacture; this is done in engraved cursive
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