19th Century Bayonet

Discussion in 'Knives & Edged Items' started by Eric Armstrong, Nov 25, 2019.

  1. Eric Armstrong

    Eric Armstrong New Member

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    Does anyone recognize this bayonet? It appears to be French or German but I haven't found any reference to that blade marking. The blade length is 21-3/4" and is a little over 1" at the hilt. The blade is not straight - sort of wavy (I'm sure there's a term for that). Bayonet-150.jpg Blade Marking-150.jpg
     
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    TRAP55 Well-Known Member

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    Austrian Model M1867/73 Werndl Rifle Bayonet variation, can't say exactly which one or what country.
     
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  3. jim brady

    jim brady Well-Known Member

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    Not sure what it is, but doesn't look either French or German to me. There is a stylistic 'crowned head' on the blade that makes me think either Belgian or Dutch. I don't think it is English, Spanish or Russian. There is too much rust to see markings.

    This poor thing cries out for help! If it were mine, I'd remove the grips (if they are not riveted on) and soak it in penetrating oil for a week or two, then gently remove the encrusting rust. I advise against the use of a wire wheel or sanding it. Maybe a scrub pad. You want to stop the rust and prevent further damage.