A good 1848 pattern bayonet for the Brunswick rifle.
This example is possibly a volunteer or constabulary pattern. The Hong Kong Police force are known to have placed an order for Brunswick type bayonets in 1855.
Standard brass hilt with fully functioing release catch. The crossguard/quillions carry the markings "F131" and "434" to either side. These numberes are also marked to the rear of the brass top locket of the scabbard. There is also a number stamped into the top of the pommel, which looks to be "16".
The blade measure 22 ½ inches and has central fullers on both sides. The blade carries some old pitting and corrosion, but is generally bright, straight, and in good condition. There are no markings on the blade. Blade and hilt are solid, with no movement.
The scabbard is of regulation brass mounted black leather. This is in solid condition, although there is slight shrinkage, which has caused the bayonet's point to pierce the bottom mount.
See Martin J.Brayley ‘An illustrated history of bayonets’ Pages 107-109 & Skennerton item B126, pages 92-94.
Strictly over 18's only. Photo ID will be required before this item can be dispatched.
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