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WW1 & WW2 Era Italian Model 1870 Carcano Rifle Knife Bayonet (Officially Shortened Vetterli Bayonet) & 1916 Dated Scabbard. Sn 10292 - 10292
On entering WW1 Italy found itself short of arms and in order to facilitate supplies many of the old Vetterli Model 1870 bayonets were shortened and their hooked quillon removed to conform to the carcano rifle (see page 190 and 197 plate 437 of 'The Bayonet Book' by Watts & White). This is an excellent original Model 1870 knife bayonet for Carcano Italian Infantry Rifles and Carbines which were used through WW1 and into WW2. This Knife Bayonet is one of the Vetterli bayonets that had it's blade shortened and quillon removed for WW1 use. The bayonet has a 9 1/4 inch single edged fullered blade (14 1/4" overall). It has the correct crossguard with small muzzle ring and quillon removed. It also has the correct flat spring and steel button at the pommel which functions perfectly. The bayonet's slab wood grips are in excellent undamaged conditioned. The ricasso is stamped with a small inspection mark. The pommel is stamped 'C' and 'D' The bayonet is complete with original black leather scabbard with brass locket and chape. The leather of the scabbard is crisply impressed with '1916' date and 'A.C.T.'. The locket is stamped with a small 'za' mark. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 10292.
£275.00

WW1/WW2 Era Model 1886/93/16 French Brass Handle Epee Lebel Bayonet Without Hook Quillon & Scabbard. BAYO 3. - BAYO 3
This is an excellent original WW1/WW2 Era French Epee Lebel Bayonet & Scabbard for the Lebel Rifle (see No.209 of The Bayonet Book By Watts & White). The cross guard block is stamped 'e7476'. It's sprung muzzle ring catch with knurled button works perfectly. It has a brass hilt/ handle. The pommel end of the handle is marked '92'. It has a 20 ½ “cruciform blade. Its steel scabbard with fixed belt bar is in great condition with no dents. The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 3.
£195.00

*Rare* French Remington Rolling Block Bayonet & Scabbard. BAYO 6287. - BAYO 6287
Rolling block rifles and bayonets were purchased for auxiliary troops while the principal French rifles went to the front. Very uncommon to find, this bayonet is 20.5” overall with the blade being 16”. The unmarked hardwood grips are held with two studs, the lock button works as it should. The blade is in very good condition with only minor signs of age related wear with ‘Remington Arms – Union Metallic CTG. Co. REM Works, Ilion, U.S.A. (produced under contract during WWI for the French war effort) inscribed inside the fuller to one side. The undamaged steel scabbard has a good patina and the leather hanger is intact with all stitching in place. See White & Watts page 411 & 433 item No 919. The price for this ‘rare with a long blade’ bayonet and scabbard includes UK delivery. BAYO 6287. (All countries Box 3)
£425.00

**Matching Numbers, French Model 1866 Chassepot Sword Bayonet with Brass Grip & Steel Scabbard. BAYO 6280. An original French model 1866 Chassepot sword bayonet (See pages 70 and 71 of ‘An Illustrated History Of Bayonets’ by Brayley), (The Chassepot bayon - BAYO 6280
An original French model 1866 Chassepot sword bayonet (See pages 70 and 71 of ‘An Illustrated History Of Bayonets’ by Brayley), (The Chassepot bayonet (pronounced SHAS-poh) was made for the Fusil modèle 1866, which was a bolt-action military breech loading rifle. It is famous for having been the arm of the French forces in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–1871, which was named after its inventor, Antoine Alphonse Chassepot (1833–1905), who, from the mid-1850s onwards, had constructed various experimental forms of breech loaders). 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 ‘AB 98231’. The back of the blade is marked and dated ‘February 1874' in French. 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 6280.
£275.00

1876 Dated French Model 1874 Gras Sword Bayonet with Scabbard. BAYO 6264. - BAYO 6264
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-backed épée blade only suitable for thrusting, details of the manufacture are on the back edge of the blade. The slab wood grips are I undamaged, and only showing minor signs of use. 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 ‘81860’. It is complete with its original steel scabbard which is numbered but is illegible. See White and Watts pages 84 & 94 No201. The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 6264.
£225.00

French1st pattern Lebel M1886 Bayonet and Scabbard BAYO 2622. - BAYO 2622
This is a nice pattern Lebel bayonet with a white metal hilt, downswept quillon with ‘98635’ stamped to it, and a round button catch. This is an early model with the hilt fixed permanently to the tang, whereas later models had removable hilts with a screw nut fixing to the end of the hilt. The blade is the usual Lebel cruciform shape and the scabbard is black tubular steel which is slightly misshapen, but does not retract from its operation. This is a lovely complete example of a 1st pattern iconic Lebel bayonet. See White and Watts item no. 205 on pages 85 and 96 and Martin Brayley, An Illustrated History of Bayonets, pages 71 – 73. The price includes U.K. delivery. BAYO 2622.
£225.00

French M1886 ‘Lebel’ Bayonet and Scabbard (Matching Numbers) and Round Button Catch. BAYO 713 - BAYO 713
The model M1886/93/16 ‘épée bayonet’ was standard issue to French soldiers fighting in the second half of WW1 after 1916 that were issued the Lebel rifle. The bayonet had a cruciform blade and the original model had a white alloy hilt, but later models were also made with hilts either of brass or steel. The M1866 has a typical down swept Quillon and may be identified by the circular press button which operates the unusual rotating collar locking device. See ‘The Bayonet Book’ by John Watts and Peter White pages 85 & 96, item No206. Early models of this bayonet were made with the blades attached to the hilt, but this method of construction was abandoned. This examples 52cm blade is in very good condition with an inspection stamp to the base. The quillon has numerous inspection stamps and ‘FM-2048’ to the hook. The steel scabbard is in very good condition with inspection stamps to the neck. The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 713.
£195.00

French M1866 Chassepot Bayonet AND Scabbard. BAYO 699. - BAYO 699
This is a nice M1866 Chassepot bayonet made at St. Etienne in June 1874 and marked thus to the spine of the blade. Blade length 22 ¾”. Total length including scabbard 28”. It has a curved Yataghan blade and a brass ribbed grip with a steel leaf spring and push button. The crossguard is also steel ending in a quillon and is stamped with FG60868. The scabbard is black painted steel and has L87415 stamped to the rear of the throat. See White & Watts item 194, page 84 & 92. The price includes U.K. delivery. BAYO 699 £225
£225.00

French Lebel M1886 First Pattern Bayonet, Scabbard & Scarce Frog BAYO 613 - BAYO 685
This is a nice 1st pattern Lebel bayonet with a white metal hilt, downswept quillon and a round button catch. This is an early model with the hilt fixed permanently to the tang, whereas later models had removable hilts with a screw nut fixing to the end of the hilt. The blade is the usual Lebel cruciform shape and the scabbard is black tubular steel with no dents or damage.length 20 ½ “. Total length including the scabbard 25 ¾”. The frog is the standard French leather version and these are becoming quite scarce. This is a lovely complete example of a 1st pattern iconic Lebel bayonet. See White and Watts item no. 205 on pages 85 and 96 and Martin Brayley, An Illustrated History of Bayonets, pages 71 – 73. The price includes U.K. delivery. BAYO 613 £295
£295.00

French Model 1874 Type Bayonet and Scabbard. - BAYO 682
This is a very rare Gras Type Bayonet for an unknown rifle. To all intents and purpose it is an M1874 French Gras Bayonet, but this example does not have the French inscription on the blade spine and has a slightly wider grip and a straight backed hilt. Also the top of the muzzle ring has been ground off. Blade length 20 ½ “, total length including scabbard 25 ¾ “. Many theories exist but as several other countries use and modified the M1874 bayonet there seems to be no conclusive proof as to which rifle this example fitted. However, it is known that Portugal used a variant for their Portuguese Kropatschek navy rifle and this had a straight back hilt without the hump found on the other M1874’S. This actual specimen is illustrated in an article by Graham priest in classic Arms & Militaria magazine and is rare with only about 4 examples having been recorded. See also White & Watts items 201 & 203 pages 84 & 94/95. £295. BAYO 682.
£295.00
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