ORIGINAL, British Army Sappers & Miners 1855 Pattern Lancaster Rifle Pipeback Bayonet With Scabbard. Sn 9561.
British Sappers and Miners Units adopted an oval barrel rifle in 1855 and produced their own distinctive bayonet with a Falchion or pipe backed blade. The leather scabbard had brass fittings. After 1857 the Sappers and Miners were renamed the Engineers so the blade is sometimes called the Engineers Bayonet. After removal from Engineer service they became a side arm particularly for the Medical Corps. This is an excellent original example of the 1855 Lancaster bayonet. It has the correct pipeback blade which is clean & measures 23 3/4", brass crossguard with muzzle ring and brass pommel with correct flat steel spring bar with retaining screw and push button which works as it should. Both sides of the ricasso are crisply stamped with inspection marks including a '63 (1863) BR Crown' mark, '03' (1903) date, WD with Arrow and 'Crown S 4' mark. The back of the blade is crisply stamped with inspection mark above letter 'R' mark underlined (illustrated). It's original black stippled grips are undamaged and secured by rivets. The pommel is stamped '1134'. The bayonet measures 29" overall and is complete with it's original leather scabbard with brass locket and large brass shoe chape. The throat of the upper mount is stamped '5952'. The upper mount is also stamped with small inspection mark. The leather of the scabbard is stamped with inspection mark. The leather has some service wear but the leather and stitching are intact. Price for this rare original 1855 Pattern Lancaster Bayonet with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 9561
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