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Title Chassepot bayonet, 1868 model
Nationality Belgian
Period c 1868
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This was made by Stevens of Maastricht (stamped at the forte) for the single-shot bolt-action Chassepot rifle adopted by the Belgian army in 1868. Not to be confused with the French model 1866 type - the leaf spring is longer and the press stud has a concave aspect. The scabbard is a mismatch, perhaps a French example.

The blade measures just over 22" and is rather blunt at the point, with signs of stress and abuse. Having said all that, this is a comparatively rare bayonet, at least in the UK!

The scabbard is a little scruffy, with old pitting stains and some minor bruising to the leading edge of the scabbard, the last 12" use anyway, possibly through heavy service use.

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

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M M, USA, 18.03.2010

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R L, UK, 26.02.2010

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