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Turkish 1874 Martini Peabody Yataghan NCO Sword NOT Bayonet - NOT Modified - Very Rare Ottoman

The Providence Tool Co. obtained an 1875 contract with the Turkish government for Peabody-Martini rifles with saber bayonets. They subcontracted the manufacture of the bayonets to Ames Manufacturing Co. of Chicopee Falls, who made 200,000 of these large, heavy sword bayonets (they’re the largest of the yataghan style and were in service during the Gallipoli debacle). This, however, is NOT one of the bayonets! It is identical in every respect except the grip is ½” shorter (4-3/4” vs 5-1/8”) and the pommel was never machined for the bayonet lug or the spring latch. It features a 22-5/8” deeply fullered blade with a hooked quillion on the cross guard/muzzle ring, pressed leather scales secured by five pins and steel birds-head pommel. The only marking we can make out is a “W” on the ricasso. It is blended shades of brown and gray patina with some scattered rust spotting and a few patches of light pitting while the edge seems to be original and is not chipped. The scales are completely sound and secure with some surface loss mostly on the left panel. We have found no reference to this sword though we did find information about the conversion of bayonets to swords by the removal of the latch button but this is NOT such a conversion – it was never made to be mounted on a rifle. A very impressive sword that started life in Road Island, went to Turkey and fought the British and then made his way back here to tell the story – give him a listen. If you have questions please email us at tangoyankee_llc@yahoo.com This will be listed for auction on Gun Broker the evening of February 26th. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 02-22-18A--18-08-13b

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