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U.S. M1855 Sword Bayonet - M1841 Mississippi Rifle - Harpers Ferry Civil War

This M1855 bayonet is for use with M1841 "Mississippi" Rifles rebored to .58 caliber and modified to accept it. The 26-1/2 overall profile of the 1855 is unique; its not a yataghan, though it is curved, and if you look very closely youll see that the hilt is slightly offset to keep the point of the blade just under the path of the bullet. It was the second type of bayonet used on modifications of the M1841 Rifle but those modifications were exceedingly expensive which lead to a more economical modification using a completely different bayonet. Well, the upshot of all that is that only 10,286 of these were made (all at Harpers Ferry between 1855-57) making it one of the most hard-to-find US bayonets. The 21-11/16 blade is shades of gray patina with some darker spots from rust and pitting and there are two small blobs of what appears to be lead in the right fuller next to a spot of pitting. The edge has been sharpened in the past with varied levels of skill and there are a few very shallow nicks here and there. The solid brass hilt is completely secure on the blade and the latch works fine. The only marking we can find is a capital block letter M on the top of the hilt just behind the muzzle ring. A very nice example of a bayonet that has a rich history of pitched battle and has doubtlessly seen things we can never even imagine. If you have questions please email us at tangoyankee_llc@yahoo.com This will be listed on Gun Broker the evening of August 28th. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker and eBay buttons to see all our listings there. 08-25-17A--17-36-06

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