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Title Gras bayonet
Nationality French
Period 1877
Price £75.00
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This is the bayonet for the 1874 model single shot bolt action rifle which replaced the Chassepot of 1866, in turn rendered obsolete by the arrival of the Kropatsheck tube magazine rifle in 1877 (both the later rifles used an 11mm brass cartridge).

The blade is engraved 'Mfre. D'armes de St. Etienne Mai 1877' and has most of the factory finish. The cross guard number is a mismatch with the scabbard. The grips have much of their original varnish with a little oil staining. The iron hilt elements have some light scattered patination, as does the scabbard. Perhaps 20/30% of the factory blue remains on the latter.

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


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

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Picked up the dirk this morning and actually waited until I got back home before unwrapping the package. It really exceeded my expectations...whilst the photos were good, to see and feel it in three dimensions was very exciting. A beatutful piece Chris, and worth the wait.

C C, Australia, 20.08.2010

...acquiring this bayonet has completely changed my way of thinking on collecting bayonets. I have become extremely fond of the bayonet... Thanking you once again for the very professional way in which you handled the money [going to the wrong account] problem.

P J, South Africa, 04.02.2006

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