Item: Type I Waist Belt Scabbard for M-1816 Bayonet
Construction: Black bridle leather.
Approximate size: 16-3/4 inch body length, 1-1/2 inch belt loop width, 3 inch finial.
Condition: Very good, non-excavated. The stitching is tight and, while there are three creases in the body with minor surface cracking, it has no cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Reference: An example of this scabbard can be found in "American Socket Bayonets and Scabbards" by Robert M. Reilly, figure S46 on page 155.
Comments: Type I bayonet scabbards were the type that were entirely sewn (without rivets). According to "American Socket Bayonets and Scabbards" by Robert M. Reilly, this variation of the Type I scabbard made its appearance in the mid-1840s. Reilly referes to it as a "variation" because it is "constructed exclusively of black bridle leather", instead of a white buff leather belt loop. Its 16-3/4 inch body length indicates that it was for use with the Model 1816 bayonet. Finally, according to Reilly, "The entirely sewn type remained in production for nearly twenty years, until 1959." If you have a model 1816 bayonet that needs a scabbard, then don't pass this opportunity to add one to it. This scabbard will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bayonet, edged weapon, or general relic collection.
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