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Here we have a French Mle. 1874 Gras T-back bayonet. This bayonet was designed for use on the Fusil Gras mle 1874 rifle. The 20 1/2 inch blade is in great condition. The tip and fit are both perfect. It shows age spotting and surface scratches throughout. The engraving to the back is beautifully executed reading: Manufactured at the Armory Oulle Mai 1878. The steel based black anodized scabbard has minor surface oxidization/spotting throughout. It remains dent free, is stamped 57531 and sits tightly against the crossguard. The ball is stamped 7. The steel crossguard/quillion is proofed marked and stamped 84374. The hilt has riveted wood grips which look good. They show the common pressure marks throughout. The pommel is made of brass and has a well-working press-catch locking mechanism. It is profusely stamped. A nice bayonet by a rare maker!
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