22" unfullered wasp-waisted blade, 5" cast brass hilt with fish-scale grip and 4.25" cross guard with gently forward-swept quillons. Obverse ricasso marked in three lines: AMES MFG. CO. / CHICOPEE / MASS, reverse ricasso marked US / ADK / 1855. Obverse flat on pommel cap with A.D.K. and R.H.K.W. inspections, top side of pommel cap with alphanumeric mating mark P6. With original brass-mounted leather scabbard and period blackened buff leather saber bayonet belt frog. A scarce US military bayonet for the M1847 sappers & miners musketoon. Only 1,033 of these bayonets were manufactured, 500 in 1847 and the balance in 1855. A really fine example.
Fine. Blade retains most of the bright polish, markings crisp and clear, hit with nicely aged ocher patina. Scabbard about fine as well with minor crazing and some finish cracks, showing a couple of minor bends on the rear. Buff frog faded with most of the blackening worn away. A really fine set overall.
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