This bayonet was designed to fit onto the French Model 1866 Chassepot Rifled Infantry Musket and produced between 1866 to about 1874. It has a brass hilt, spring steel latching system to the right side, the crossguard is of steel with a screw-type tightener on the 17.5mm muzzle-ring and the lower hooked quillon is of the "blade-breaker" system. The steel blade is has a single edge, a single fuller to both sides and is of "yataghan" re-curved shape. The steel scabbard is of sheet rolled steel.
(In contradiction to novice speculation such inscriptions are not a presentation date or to a particular officer and were NOT used in the American Civil War).
They were produced in many, many thousands.
Our example has an overall length 28in., blade length 22.3/4in. The double fullered, single edged, shiny steel blade is mottled grey/ black. The makers name and "1868" are stamped into the top strap. The shiny steel cross-guard and muzzle ring are mottled grey/ black and muzzle ring with the number "U 6812" and a number of inspection marks and mis matched numbered with the scabbard. The brass grips are in good condition and the push button muzzle release works well. The steel scabbard to a dark grey/ brown "old" rust finish with pitting throughout. Other than the defects mentioned the whole in good overall condition commensurate with age.
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