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Lot 134: Scarce U.S. Model 1869 Trowel Bayonet with Scabbard

Auction Date: December 1, 2017

Lot 134: Scarce U.S. Model 1869 Trowel Bayonet with Scabbard

Auction Date: December 1, 2017

Estimated Price: $1,500 - $2,000
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Scarce U.S. Model 1869 Trowel Bayonet with Scabbard

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Description:

Produced in limited quantities, the trowel bayonet was an attempt to design a blade that could serve as both a combat weapon and a digging tool, which would permit the deletion of a dedicated entrenching tool from the infantryman's kit. Though a good idea in theory, in practice a blade wide enough for digging in dirt doesn't make an efficient means of puncturing chest cavities, and the concept didn't get traction. Measuring 12 3/4 inches overall, the blade is 8 3/4 inches long and nearly 4 inches wide across the base, with lightly upturned edges, a ridged spine and no visible makers marks. A small finger ring is integrated into the bend of the tang, and the handle/socket follows the typical pattern of the day. The sheath is constructed from brown leather, with a brass tip, brass rivets, and an integral belt loop. Provenance: Bruce Canfield collection.

Rating Definition:

Very good plus, with spotting and a few areas of rust overall, showing a primarily gray patina on the blade and gray/brown on the socket. The sheath is good overall, with mild flaking, scuffs and verdigris.



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