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 good condition. The tip and fit are both perfect. It shows heavy age grey/spotting throughout. The engraving to the back is beautifully executed reading: Manufactured at the Armory Chatellerault November 1875. The steel based black anodized scabbard has minor surface oxidization/spotting throughout. It remains dent free, is stamped 78051 and sits tightly against the crossguard. The ball is stamped. The steel crossguard/quillion is proofed marked and stamped 43369. The hilt has riveted wood grips which look good. They show two pressure marks. The pommel is made of brass and has a well-working press-catch locking mechanism. It is profusely stamped. A good piece!
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