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Italian M1891/38 Carcano Knife Bayonet, Scabbard And Frog. BAYO 418 - BAYO 418
This is a Converted M1891/38 folding blade bayonet where the original bayonet had a folding blade but this was found to be too fragile in service. Early in the war a new crossguard was introduced and made the bayonet blade fixed in position but retained the style hilt with the blade recess. This example is one of these conversions. By 1943 a new bayonet was being manufactured with a solid hilt and no blade recess. The bayonet carries the number B99172 along the top edge of the hilt together with 2 arsenal marks. The blade has been neatly engraved with the name JAHN EVANS and we can only assume that this was the British soldier that captured the bayonet and kept it as a souvenir. The bayonet is carried in its correct steel scabbard with frog stud and thin in the correct Italian leather frog. This is a nice complete WW2 Italian set. See pages 161 and 166 in An Illustrated History of Bayonets by Martin J. Brayley. The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 418
£225.00

French Mannlicher Berthier M1892 2nd Pattern Artillery Carbine Bayonet Retaining Original Quillon. BAYO 409 - BARO 409
This is a French Mannlicher Berthier Artillery Carbine M1892 2nd Pattern bayonet and scabbard. This bayonet was made to be used with the Mannlicher Berthier Artillery Carbine. This is the 2nd Pattern with wood grips which replaced the first patterns composition grips that tended to crack at the rivet holes. The bayonet has a straight sword like polished fullered blade which measures 15 3/4" long. The bayonet 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. The pommel has a push release which operates as it should. The scabbard is steel and has a metal belt loop. The bayonet has the original muzzle ring that overlaps the grips so that it can engage the foresight, see White & Watts, The Bayonet Book, pages 85 & 98 item 215. The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 409
£225.00

French Mannlicher Berthier M1892 1st Pattern Artillery Carbine Bayonet With Composition Grips, Matching Numbers and Retaining Original Quillon. BAYO 408 - BAYO 408
This is an early French Mannlicher Berthier Artillery Carbine M1892 1st Pattern bayonet and scabbard which retain its original quillon that has not been shortened and matching numbers 98979. This 1st Pattern bayonet was made to be used with the Mannlicher Berthier Artillery Carbine with black composition grips and small rivets which tended to crack the grips. This bayonet has a crack to the left hand grip at its rivet hole. This was common fault with the first pattern bayonet and the grips were altered to wood with larger rivets on the second pattern bayonet. The bayonet has a straight sword like polished fullered blade which measures 15 3/4" long. The bayonet 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. The quillon is stamped with 98979 on the ricasso together 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 98979. The bayonet has the original muzzle ring that does not overlap the grips, see White & Watts, The Bayonet Book, pages 85 & 98 item 213. The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 408
£225.00

SCARCE, WW2 Italian Army Folding Bayonet For Model 1938 Mannlicher & Carcano M91/38 Rifles & Scabbard. BAYO 280 - BAYO 280 / 16128
This is a scarce, WW2 Italian Folding Bayonet For Model 1938 Mannlicher & Carcano M91/38 Rifles. It has a 7" single edged blade with fuller. The blued blade is clean. It has the correct small muzzle ring and the grip strap is stamped with a letter H and the number A 71408. Its press button folding action works perfectly (the button near to the hilt is pressed which allows the blade to be pulled forward and folded into a slot in the handle). When folded the bayonet measures 8 ¾” length & when open 11 ½”. It is complete with black metal scabbard which has a fixed belt bar and is stamped with a letter M within a diamond. The scabbard has no dents and even patina. The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 280
£475.00

WW1 & WW2 Era Italian M 1891/97 Mannlicher Carcano Carbine Bayonet & Scabbard With Frog. Sn 16124 - 16124
These Knife bayonets were made in several variations for the Model 1891/97 Mannlicher Carcano Italian Carbines which were used from their introduction in 1891 through WW1 and into WW2 (see item 171 in Bayonets Of The World Vol.1 By Kiesling). This original Italian Model 1891/97 Carcano Carbine Knife Bayonet is complete with original scabbard and frog. The bayonet has an 11 ½” single edged fullered blade (16 ½” overall). The bade has staining consistent with age & use. The blade has a small ‘MA’ inspection mark. The crossguard with small muzzle ring is stamped 'AS4137'. It has the correct carbine press stud attachment button at the end of the pommel which functions perfectly. The bayonet's slab wood grips are undamaged with just light bumps and bruises consistent with age and service use. The bayonet is complete with original leather scabbard with brass locket & chape. The scabbard is fitted with its original brown leather frog with belt loop. All leather and stitching of the scabbard and frog are clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16124
£325.00

French M1886 Lebel Matching Numbers White Metal Handled Bayonet With Hook Quillon And Scabbard. BAYO 257 - BAYO 257
This is an early matching numbers 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 had 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 has he early pre-1893 round press stud as opposed to the later flat version. The blade retains its original needle sharp tip and the quillon carries the number 57634. This is repeated on the scabbard frog strap. The scabbard is completely free from dents. This I a nice early matching numbers Lebel bayonet and scabbard. See Martin J. Brayley, An Illustrated History of Bayonets, Pages 71 – 74. The price includes U.K. delivery. BAYO 257
£175.00

SCARCE, WW2 Italian Army ‘R’ Marked Folding Bayonet For Model 1938 Mannlicher & Carcano M91/38 Rifles & Scabbard. Sn 16047 - 16047
This is a scarce, WW2 Italian Folding Bayonet For Model 1938 Mannlicher & Carcano M91/38 Rifles. It has a 7" single edged blade with fuller. The blued blade is clean. It has the correct small muzzle ring and the grip strap is stamped with partially visible letters 'R' (RE Italian Military) and number 'I 96613'. Its press button folding action works perfectly (the button near to the hilt is pressed which allows the blade to be pulled forward and folded into a slot in the handle). When folded the bayonet measures 8 ¾” length & when open 11 ½”. It is complete with black metal scabbard which has a fixed belt bar. The scabbard has no dents and even patina. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16047
£475.00

MATCHING NUMBERS, 1879 Dated French Model 1874 Gras Sword Bayonet By Manufactures D’Armes De St. Etienne & Scabbard. BAYO 322 - BAYO 322
An original French Gras Sword Bayonet for the Model 1874 Gras rifle, the successor of the Chassepot (see Brayley’s book An Illustrated History Of Bayonets page 71’. It has a straight, clean 20 ¾” ‘T’ back blade an improvement for thrusting compared to earlier yataghan form blades. The back of the blade is dated Avril (April) 1879 and is marked by the manufacturer . ‘Manufactures D’Armes De St. Étienne’. The slab wood grips are undamaged (this model of bayonet was the first to have slab wood grips rather than brass hilts. It has a hooked quillon cross guard 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 ‘36475’. It is complete with its original steel scabbard which has matching number near to the throat.The scabbard has a fixed belt bar. The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 322
£145.00

WW1 / WW2 French 1886/93/16 Epee Lebel Bayonet (Officially Modified 1915 By Quillon Removal), Scabbard & Original Leather Frog . BAYO 321 - BAYO 321
This is an original WW1/WW2 French 1886/93/16 Epee Lebel Bayonet & Scabbard for the Lebel Rifle. This weapon was officially modified in 1915 by removal of its hook quillon. The cross guard block is stamped 'L48587'. It's sprung muzzle ring catch with knurled button works perfectly. It has a brass hilt/ handle. It has clean 20 ½” cruciform blade. It's steel scabbard is in great condition with no dents. The scabbard is fitted with an original period leather frog which are becoming hard to find. All leather stitching, rivets & buckle are intact. The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 321
£225.00

Italian M1870/87/15 Vetterli Bayonet And Scabbard. BAYO 319 - BAYO 319
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 carries NO 9296 and MP in a rectangular cartouche. The pommel is all steel and is fixed to the blade by a nut on the top. The wooden grip plates are in excellent condition and the leaf spring is the 1st pattern long version. Later models had a much shorter leaf spring. The bayonet is fitted in its original brass mounted leather scabbard which is stamped to the rear with ANNUNZIATA 1882. See The Bayonet Book by White and Watts, item 437 on pages 190 and 197. The price includes U.K. delivery. BAYO 319
£225.00
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