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Title 1858 model bayonet for Lancaster rifle, RAMC marked
Nationality British
Period 1858-60
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This was the bayonet designed for the oval bore carbine of the Sappers and Miners, who in 1857 were renamed the Royal Engineers, with a strength of some 3,000 men. Some 19,000 were made in all, many going to India to equip the Native Sappers and Miners carbine, with a few going to Australia.

It has its original black leather scabbard, nicely marked with ordnance stamps under the top locket, which is date stamped for 1896 and 1903. The blade is dated 1903 at the forte, alongside several Birmingham Small Arms Factory inspection stamps. The face of the hilt is stamped M/R.A.M.C./4. These weapons continued in service as sidearms for the Medical Corps long after the carbines had been withdrawn, this example even having an iron ring sweated in place inside the muzzle ring to prevent use on a rifle.

The pipeback section of the blade has suffered somewhat from corrosion and subsequent cleaning, but only on one side for 17cm or so. The scabbard seam is intact and there is a little shinkage and distortion to one grip. The press stud has some old corrosion, along with the leaf spring. The blade has scattered patches of old corrosion thoughout, now mostly polished out.

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[Edged Weapons : Bayonets : British : 19th Century]

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Just a quick mail to let you know the medals arrived today, very pleased with them and your service.

S S, UK, 10.03.2010

Many thanks for the belt buckle, it arrived on Wednesday and I am very pleased with the purchase.

K E, UK, 06.02.2009

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