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Title KuK Lorenz socket bayonet, regimentally marked
Nationality Austrian
Period c 1854
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This had a long and honourable career, introduced for the Lorenz rifled musket of 1854 and 1862, later used on the Wanzl rifles of 1867 (breech loading conversions of the Lorenz). This would have been carried in the campaigns in Lombardy, Denmark and finally in the Six Weeks War against Prussia in 1866.

During the US Civil War they were also bought by the Union government to supplement existing stocks, being issued to New York and Texas Militia units.

There is a KuK acceptance stamp (a flaming sun) on one shoulder of the blade and unit marks on the other. The blade is 18.75" long, of cruciform cross section. It is polished bright overall, with some age patina on the socket. It is readily identifiable as a KuK piece on account of the diagonal foresight slot. The scabbard is missing, but would have been leather on wood, with iron mounts at both ends.

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


Many thanks, badge was awaiting my return today. Pleasure dealing with you again. I'll be back again.

P B, UK, 20.02.2008

Everything AOK. Excellent stuff on your part. I would not hesitate to buy like objects off you again. My sincere thanks!

D S, Australia, 31.12.2007