Gras Sword Bayonet Model 1874
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This Gras t-bone bayonet was the last of the French sword type bayonets. It was manufactured from 1874 to about 1885 to fit the French Model 1874 "Gras" Infantry Rifle, a refinement of the Model 1866 Chassepot Infantry Rifle. This French bayonet is a Model 1874. It has a solid brass pommel with integral latching mechanism (push button/spring steel). The grips are wood. The crossguard is steel, usually "blued," with upper guard being the muzzle-ring, lower guard forming a hooked "blade-breaker" quillon.The blade is steel and triangular shaped, that is with 3 edges (this made them more sturdy as a thrusting weapon). The scabbard is blued sheet-rolled steel, semi-oval, tubular, with a ball finial. These bayonets have a colorful history as they were often used by the French Foreign Legion.
This particular one has an inscription on the flat back edge of the blade (opposite the cutting edge) that says: "Mlle d'Ormes de Oulle Janvier 1881". The bayonet and scabbard have matching numbers #24902, which is rare and are in good to very good condition.
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