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Object Name Bayonet, Sword
Object ID Number 2016.11.51
Description 2016.11.51a-b
a - sword
b - scabbard

French Model 1874 "Gras" sword bayonet and scabbard, 1880. Serial number 86644.
a) Bayonet sword. Top of blade is a flat edge (with a small ridge). Handle made of wood with a "J" shaped metal guard and metal-capped pommel.
b) Iron(?) sheath with leather holster at top (the open end of the sheath)

The top edge of this bayonet's blade reads, in French, "Mre d'Armes de St. Etienne Août 1880." Translated into English, this means "Manufactured at the Armory at St. Etienne August 1880."

This particular bayonet was designed to fit the French Model 1874 "Gras" Infantry Rifle. This model was manufactured from 1874 until around 1885, when the bayonet was no longer standard issue. While it was no longer officially issued, this would have been used at the beginning of World War I.
Date 1880
Subjects Bayonets
World War I