British India Pattern 1859 Socket Bayonet & Second Type Scabbard.
This is an India pattern 1859 socket bayonet which is often confused with the British 1853 pattern. It is similar to the 1853 except for the larger Muzzle Ring Diameter (M.R.D) of 20.4mm to fit the larger profile barrel of the India 1859 musket. It is 20.5” overall length with a blade length of 17” and a socket length of 3”. The blade is marked with a broad arrow over War Department (W.D) and an inspection stamp. The scabbard is the second pattern of leather with brass chape and top locket with teardrop frog stud. See Skennerton item 130 pages 330 & 331. ...Read full description