MODEL 1855 BAYONET AND ca. 1859 PRE CIVIL WAR
PATTERN SCABBARD SCARCE SCABBARD IN EXCELLENT
CONDITION w/ A VERY GOOD BLADE: An excellent
specimen of the standard issue Model 1855 Bayonet with
an early (ca. 1859) Type II Leather Scabbard in
exceptional condition. Well cared for through the
years, the early scabbard features the pre-Civil War
belt frog, which utilized stitching only to form the
belt loop rather than rivets, and employs the two rivets
to reinforce the point of attachment of the frog to the
The two-rivet reinforcement of the throat was introduced
in 1858-1859 which serves to date this scabbard. These
early war pattern scabbards were used up early in the
War and are quite scarce 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 with no crazing
or flaking. The seam is completely intact and the brass
tip is present and solidly attached.
The bayonet is marked with a strong, legible US, is
overall smooth and bright with some scattered light
peppering of dark spots. It is gently aged, showing no
significant pitting or nicks and the locking ring moves
These early pattern 1855 scabbards are scarce 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 high
condition Model 1855 or 1861 Springfield Rifle Musket to
be truly appreciated.