A scarce French Model 1842 Sword Bayonet with ribbed brass grip and distinctive yataghan-shaped blade. This bayonet is much rarer than the Model 1866 Chassepot Bayonet that is the more commonly encountered French sword bayonet of the 19th Century – many still remain in circulation. There are maker’s and inspector’s stamps to the blade forte and a number “14” to one side. The bayonet is of heavy and robust construction and when attached to the rifle, would have made the combination particularly unwieldy and uncomfortable. The sword appears to be unmarked. Condition of the bayonet is fair with some commensurate age wear to the blade. No scabbard.
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