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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.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

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


Just to let you know that the badge arrived here safe and sound.. Thanks for the great service.... the badge is in exceptional condition.

D C, Canada, 16.02.2009

Just to say many thanks for the fast service, it's an excellent little item. Will be watching for you listing more of these and other makes?

P A, UK, 26.06.2008