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This is a good example of the 1858 sword bayonet. From 1858 the use of more machinery enabled closer tolerances to make bayonets and in doing so made the bayonets interchangeable instead of bayonets being individually fitted to a particular rifle. This bayonet has a slightly longer leaf spring for the locking bolt and was secured by a screw and not as previously with a rivet on the P 1856 bayonet. The bayonet is 716 mm long with a re-curved ‘Yataghan’ blade length of 581mm. The ricasso bears a clearly stamped Kings head mark, which is the makers mark for Weyersburg Company of Solingen, Germany. To the side is a British Solingen inspectors stamp and the obverse has a sale or sold out of service mark . The press-stud and external spring locking mechanism work perfectly and the sharply beaked pommel bears a rack or issue number of ‘138’. The blade has minor signs of age related wear. The grips are made of chequered black leather held by steel pins *minor wear to the top of one side. The scabbard is made of black double stitched leather with steel top mount and chape *play in the chape and top mount and minor repair to the lower part of the scabbard on the left hand side*. (See Skennerton page 114-115- B152 for similar) The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 363.