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MODEL 1855 BAYONET AND EARLY BLACK BUFF LEATHER CIVIL WAR PATTERN SCABBARD –  RARE SCABBARD IN EXCELLENT CONDITION:  A respectable specimen of the standard issue Model 1855 Bayonet with an early Civil War  Type III Scabbard with a Black Buff Leather Frog in exceptional condition. 

Well cared for through the years, the scabbard features the early Civil War belt frog, made of the black buff leather rather than the smooth bridle leather.  The buff leather belt loop serves to date the scabbard as an early war pattern which were used up early in the War and are very rare today.  The scabbard frog is supple and complete, with no breaks or weak spots and has an even, smooth surface.  The scabbard body is very solid with none of the weak leather or sagging common to heavily used specimens, and the surface of the leather is excellent and stable with a minimum of surface flexing.  The seam is completely intact and the brass tip is present and solidly attached. 

The bayonet is marked with a legible “US”, is overall bright – the socket area generally smooth, and the blade having overall light pitting as evidence of aging, showing no heavy pitting or nicks  - and the locking ring moves smoothly.  Note that the blade is considerably brighter than shows in the photographs due to reflections. 

These early pattern 1855 scabbards are rare in their own right, and finding a specimen in this condition with an attractive, presentable bayonet is worthy of note.  No doubt that this set should be mated with a Model 1855 or Model 1861 Springfield Rifle Musket to be truly appreciated.  (0209) $475



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