Here we have a French Mle 1886 Bayonet! This is the earliest variation with a riveted blade, hooked quillion and a removable brass hilt. This bayonet was designed for use on the Lebel Model 1886 rifle and carbine. The full 20 1/2 inch long cruciform blued blade on this one looks great! It is nicely maker marked “C&P” above the hilt. It has a solid fit and sharp tip! The cone shaped steel based blackend scabbard looks great! It has a nice and round ball tip with a rivet to hold the throat. It has one wee pressure mark and a few scratches but that’s it. It is inspection stamped and there is no number. The scabbard/hilt fit is perfect. The iron quillion crossguard looks great! It shows a rivet running through the blade. It is inspection stamped and numbered 16896. The steel press-catch locking mechanism continues to function well and is secured with a single screw. The removable brass hilt has several pressure marks throughout. The pommel top has two groves and evidence where someone has taken it apart. It is also marked 3. Overall is it a great example of an early French Mle 1886 Bayonet!
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