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French M1886 Lebel White Metal Handled Bayonet With Hook Quillon And Scabbard. BAYO 298 - BAYO 298
This is an early M1886 1st pattern Lebel bayonet with a white metal hilt, quillon and a round press stud. These press studs were changed to a flatter oval style in 1893. In 1915 it was decreed that all future M1886 bayonets were to be made without the quillon. Some earlier bayonets were also retrospectively modified by having the quillon removed. This bayonet retains its original hooked quillon. The bayonet has an unusual cruciform blade which was prone to breaking so the final modification place took place in 1935 when the blades were shortened to 335mm. This bayonet has the original 520mm length blade which is complete and undamaged. The bayonet is numbered 65538 and carries the number 2X184 in the socket and 77 6 H at the top of the scabbard. The bayonet is contained in its original blued tapered metal scabbard. See Martin J. Brayley, An Illustrated History of Bayonets, Pages 71 – 74. The price includes U.K. delivery. BAYO 298
£145.00

Italian M1870/87/15 Vetterli Bayonet, Scabbard And Frog. BAYO 290 - BAYO 290
This is the final version of the M1870 Vetterli bayonet which has had the original 20.375 inch blade officially shortened to 9.125inches and had the quillon removed. On entering WW1, Italy found itself seriously short of arms and many of the old Vetterli rifles had their 10.5mm barrels inner sleeved to take the 6.5mm Carcano cartridge. The original bayonets were shortened in order to conform approximately to the Carcano 6.5mm rifle with its bayonets fixed. This bayonet has the 9.125 inch blade with the fuller running to the tip. The crossguard has ZW8763 and C.N. in an oval stamped on it. The pommel is all steel and is fixed to the blade by a nut on the top. The grip plates are of composite material and the leaf spring is the 1st pattern long version. Later models had a much shorter leaf spring. The scabbard is brass mounted leather and is fitted with a standard Italian leather frog. See The Bayonet Book by White and Watts, item 437 on pages 190 and 197. The price includes U.K. delivery. BAYO 290
£275.00

French Mannlicher Berthier M1892 2nd Pattern Artillery Carbine Bayonet And Matching Numbers Scabbard. BAYO 286 - BAYO 286
A French Mannlicher Berthier M1892 2nd Pattern bayonet and scabbard. This bayonet was made to be used with the Mannlicher Berthier Artillery Carbine and is a very nice design. This is the 2nd Pattern with wood grips and with the quillon partially removed. This was due to the bayonets serial number being on the lower part of the quillon. The bayonet has a straight sword like polished blade which measures 15 3/4" long. It is fullered; it has an unusual feature of a short fuller on the top edge of the blade near the tip which aided penetration. The blade has a notch on both sides near to the crossguard which locks the bayonet in the scabbard with a click. This is the later design with smooth wood grips secured with two rivets. The muzzle ring overlaps the grips and has a notch cut in at the rear which engaged at the rifles foresight. The quillon is stamped on one side with "95678". The ricasso is stamped on one side with inspection marks. The pommel has a push release which operates as it should. The scabbard is steel and has a metal belt loop which is also stamped with a matching number "95678". This is a very nice looking bayonet. (see White & Watts 'The Bayonet Book, pages 85 & 98 item 214 and An Illustrated History Of Bayonets by Martin Brayley, Page 72-74). The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 286
£225.00

Rare, Italian M 1891/97 Mannlicher Carcano Truppi Speciale Carbine Knife Bayonet , Scabbard And Frog. BAYO 282 - BAYO 283
This is an unusual and scarce bayonet issued to special troops who carried the Carcano carbine. The button catch on the top of the pommel and the locking slot is placed on the back of the pommel to fit the transversal stud on the carbine. The blade is fullered on both sides and the crossguard and caries the number BH 6857. The grips are made of wood held on by 2 rivets. The scabbard is brass mounted leather and carries the impressed mark of ARET 1931 next to the rear seam. The frog is the standard Italian leather version. See White and Watts NO 433 on pages 190 and 195. The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 283
£275.00

French M1886 Lebel White Metal Handled Bayonet With Hook Quillon, Scabbard And Frog. Sn 14931:1 - 14931:1
This is a nice complete set of an early M1886 Libel bayonet with a white metal hilt, quillon with the 1st pattern round press stud and frog. These were changed to a flatter oval style in 1893. The bayonet is contained in an undamaged black metal scabbard with matching numbers to the bayonet (B46748). The bayonet and scabbard are in its scarce correct leather frog with a number (23098) stamped on the rear. The frog is in excellent condition with no loose stitching or damage. These frogs are getting harder to find in any condition. See Martin J. Brayley, An Illustrated History of Bayonets, Pages 71-73. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14931:1
£275.00

French M1874 Gras Bayonet and Scabbard. Bayo 309 - Bayo 309
A M1874 Gras bayonet made at St Etienne in February 1877 and stamped as such on the top edge of the blade. It has slab wood grips and a brass pommel with steel crossguard with a down swept quillon. These bayonets were introduced for the new Gras rifle which took a metallic cartridge and were a departure from the previous Yataghan bladed sabre bayonet. The Gras bayonet has a "T" backed Epee style blade which was suitable only for thrusting. The quillon is stamped with the number "K 95564". The scabbard is all steel and the top band is stamped with the number "G 82132". (see White & Watts No 201, pages 84 & 94). The price includes UK delivery. Bayo 309
£145.00

Matching Numbers, 1877 Dated, French Model 1874 Gras Sword Bayonet By Manufactures D’Armes De St. Étienne With Scabbard Bayo 299 - Bayo 299
An original French Gras Sword bayonet for the Model 1874 Gras rifle, the successor of the Chassepot. It has a straight, clean 20 ½” T back blade. The back of the blade ids dated August 1877 and is marked by the manufacturer . ‘Manufactures D’Armes De St. Étienne’. The slab wood grips are I undamaged. It has a hooked quillon which is secured with two rivets and muzzle ring. It has a brass pommel and a push button release which operates smoothly. The cross guard has small inspection marks and is numbered ‘H 24793’. It is complete with its original steel scabbard which has matching number ‘H 24793’. (see White & Watts Item No 201, pages 84 & 94). The price includes UK delivery. Bayo 299
£225.00

MATCHING NUMBERS, 1872 French Model 1866 Chassepot Yataghan Sword Bayonet By Tulle Arsenal With Brass Grip & Steel Scabbard. Bayo 294 - BAYO 294
An original French model 1866 Chassepot sword bayonet (See pages 70 and 71 of ‘An Illustrated History Of Bayonets’ by Brayley). The steel fullered single edged ‘T’ back Yataghan blade has staining consistent with age and is 22 ¾” length. It has the correct steel hooked quillon with muzzle ring. It has a ribbed brass grip with flat spring and steel push button. The blade has small inspection marks. The cross guard is numbered ‘FG 60597’. The back of the blade is marked with the name of the French Arsenal ‘Tulle’ and dated ‘February 1872' in French. Tulle was a smaller Arsenal than St Etienne and Châtellerault and had smaller production numbers. It is complete with the correct steel scabbard. The scabbard has no dents and has its original fixed strap bar. The scabbard has even patina and is stamped with matching number near to the throat. Price includes UK delivery. BAYO 294
£275.00

Italian Truppi Special M 1891/97 Mannlicher Carcano Carbine Knife Bayonet & Scabbard. Bayo 278 - Bayo 278
This is a scarce Italian Carcano bayonet only issued to Special Troops. The bayonet was issued with Carcano Carbine and differs from the normal M1891 bayonet in having a lateral mortise and a press catch at the pommel end. The blade which is fullered carries a feint stamp "Brescia" to the blade and the cross guard is stamped with a serial number "BC 32240" The other side of the blade is stamped with "MA" in a square. The grips are slab wood and secured with two rivets. The scabbard is the plain black steel version. The bayonet is in good condition and is fairly scarce as they were only issued in small numbers with the Carcano carbine. (See White & Watts, Item No 433, Page 189 & 195). The price includes UK delivery. Bayo 278
£275.00

French Model 1886/93/16 Brass Handle Epee Lebel Bayonet Without Hook Quillon, Scabbard and Frog. Bayo 276 - Bayo 276
This is a nice 3rd Pattern Lebel bayonet with a brass hilt, modified catch and no quillon. It has the standard detachable hilt which may be detached by unscrewing the small nut set into the top of the pommel. The base of the muzzle ring carries the number "CA 17802". The scabbard is black steel and is dent free and undamaged. The frog is the standard brown leather frog and is stamped on the reverse with indistinct marks. A very nice complete 3rd pattern Lebel set. (See White & Watts No 209, Pages 85-96). The price includes Uk delivery. Bayo 276
£275.00
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