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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 scabbard throat.   

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 smoothly.   

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.  SOLD



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