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This is an original example of one of the rarest of all British bayonets with its original scabbard. General Jacob, Commander of the Scinde Irregular Horse, designed the Jacob double rifle based on the Brunswick. His double rifle required a sword bayonet and this is bayonet number 23 of that production which took place in 1859 by Swinburn & Son. The bayonet is impressively long at 35.7 inches with a razor sharp 30.5 inch sdouble fullered blade. The blade has the stamp for C.R. Kirschbaum Solingen suppliers of blades to the UK Government. This blade is excellent, it has small patches of darkening but no signs of abuse, damage or repair. It has the typical full basket hilt with the opening for the double muzzle. The handle is in very good condition, knurled leather secured by 4 rivets. The pommel is correctly stamped ' S & S 23' (Illustrated) for Swinburn & Son bayonet number 23 [ production number] This is a very early number and very few are know to have survived in this condition. As rare is its original scabbard. Not in perfect condition by any means but totally original and complete. Made of black leather over wood with iron fittings. It takes the bayonet fully and retains 50 - 60 % of its original leather cover. The wood seams are open. This is as rare a British service bayonet as you could wish to find; in excellent condition for its age and an absolute must for the serious collector...find another ! The price includes UK delivery. ( See page 332 of Skennerton's 'British & Commonwealth Bayonets.' ED 1099 / 7002