Item: US Model 1835 Bayonet - Stamped "US"
Condition: Excellent, excavated. This very solid bayonet is still in its untouched raw excavated state with a rusty-brown patina. The locking ring with screw are present and fixed in place. The letters "US" are stamped into the ricasso. A 1-1/2 inch portion of its leather scabbard still remains intact at the tip, likely preserved by its brass scabbard tip that it once covered. There are no bends, breaks, or repairs.
Approximate size: 20-3/4 inches overall length; 18 blade inch length; 7/8 inch blade width; 2-5/8 inch socket length; .847 inch bore diameter; 1.07 inch muzzle length.
Recovered: Along the banks of the James River in the area of Bermuda Hundred, VA.
Reference: "American Socket Bayonets and Scabbards", by Robert M. Reilly, Page 56; Drawing: Page 63, Figure B78.
Comments: According to Robert M. Reilly, author of the above mentioned reference book, regarding the US Model 1835 bayonet, "One of the most historically significant bayonets was that for the Model 1835 / 1840 musket. Its importance lies in the fact that it set the precedent for virtually all subsequent socket bayonets fabricated for the Ordnance Department almost until the beginning of the twentieth century. Only relatively minor physical and dimensional changes would differentiate this weapon from later types." This bayonet will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War bayonet, weapon, or general relic collection.
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