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SOLD SOLD (11/04) **VERY RARE**QUALITY**17th Century French Grenadier Officer’s Plug Bayonet With Kris Form Blade Etched ‘Vive Le Roy’ (Long Live The King) & Decorated Bone Hilt. BAYO 654 - BAYO 654
This is a very rare Officer’s plug bayonet from C1660-C1700. It is just over 23” overall with a kris form blade of just over 16”. The flamboyant wave shaped blade has ‘Vive Le Roy’ (Long Live The King) etched on both sides. There are traces of gold within the letters. The cross guard and pommel are white metal with the grip being bone with inset decoration. The cross guard has acorn finials and acorn pommel tip. This is a top quality item which being so decorative was most likely not intended to be rammed down the muzzle of a rifle but carried as a badge of rank by an Officer of a grenadier company. Similar English and French versions are held in the Royal Armouries Collections. AS is common this bayonet is without scabbard. The price for this attractive, rare, quality piece includes UK delivery. BAYO 654
£0.00

French Mannlicher Berthier M1892 1st Pattern Artillery Carbine Bayonet With Composition Grips, Matching Numbers and Retaining Original Quillon - BAYO 652
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 93039. 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 90939 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 90939. 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 652
£225.00

French Model 1842 Sabre Bayonet & Steel Scabbard - BAYO 651
This is a very early French M1842 sabre bayonet and scabbard from its first production in 1842. This bayonet has a leaf spring as opposed to the later M1842/59 bayonet which had an internal coiled spring. The bayonet has a curve yataghan blade with the legend ‘Manufactured at Chattlerault 1842’ along its spine. The steel crossguard is stamped 2438 on one side and an indistinct number on the other. The bayonet has the correct steel cross guard with muzzle ring and ribbed brass grip with flat spring and steel push button. It is complete with the correct sheet steel scabbard which is painted black. See The Bayonet Book by White & Watts item183 on page 83 and 87. The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 651
£295.00

French Lebel M1886 First Pattern Bayonet & Scabbard - BAYO 638
This is a 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. 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 638
£175.00

French Lebel M1886 First Pattern Bayonet & Scabbard - BAYO 637
This is a nice condition 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. 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 637
£195.00

French Model 1874 Gras Sword Bayonet, 1876 Dated, By Manufactures D’Armes De St. Étienne With Scabbard - BAYO 636
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 July 1876 and is marked by the manufacturer . ‘Manufactures D’Armes De St. Étienne’. The slab wood grips are I undamaged. The bayonet has a hooked quillon which is secured with two rivets and muzzle ring. The bayonet has a brass pommel and a push button release which operates smoothly. The cross guard has small inspection marks and is numbered 31575. The bayonet is complete with its original steel scabbard which has matching number ‘79066. See White & Watts Item No 201, pages 84 & 94. The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 636
£195.00

French 1868 Dated Model 1866 Chassepot Yataghan Sword Bayonet By St Etienne Arsenal, Blade Manufactured By Alex Coppel, Germany With Brass Grip & Steel Scabbard - BAYO 619
This is 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. The blade of the bayonet is stamped with the German makers trademark of Alex Coppel and the bayonet carries more than the usual inspection stamps. The back of the blade is marked with the name of the French Arsenal St Etienne and is dated 7th February 1872 in French. The bayonet has the correct steel hooked quillon with muzzle ring. The bayonet has a ribbed brass grip with flat spring and steel push button. The blade has small inspection marks. The cross guard is stamped X 9482 on the quillion. The bayonet is complete with the correct steel scabbard and is stamped 90986 near the throat. 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 619
£265.00

Captured French / Prussian 1872 Dated Model 1866 Chassepot Yataghan Sword Bayonet By St Etienne Arsenal With Brass Grip & Steel Scabbard Captured In The Franco Prussian War And Reissued By The Prussians - BAYO 621
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. The bayonet has the correct steel hooked quillon with muzzle ring. The bayonet has a ribbed brass grip with flat spring and steel push button. The blade has small inspection marks. The cross guard is stamped 66.L.I.222 on the quillion when it was captured by the Prussians in the Franco Prussian War and reissued by the Prussian Army. The back of the blade is marked with the name of the French Arsenal St Etienne and is dated 7th February 1872 in French. The bayonet is complete with the correct steel scabbard and is stamped IL C 4517 near the throat. The scabbard has an even patina, no dents and has its original fixed strap bar. Price includes UK delivery. BAYO 621
£325.00

French Lebel M1886 First Pattern Bayonet, Scabbard & Scarce Frog - BAYO 613
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. The frog is the standard French leather version and these are becoming quite scarce. The rear of the frog is stamped with the numbers 5549 2447. 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
£295.00

French M 1874 Gras Sword Bayonet And Scabbard. BAYO 559 - BAYO 559
This is a French M 1874 Grass bayonet with a T section blade which was suitable only for thrusting. The back edge of the blade carries the place of manufacture and date which is ST ETIENNE 1877. The bayonet has a brass pommel, wooden grips and a steel crossguard with a downswept quillon. The scabbard is black steel with no dents. The scabbard has in some point in its life been painted with cream painted bands which could be easily removed. See White and Watts number 201 on page 84 and 94. The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 559
£145.00
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