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Germany captured and altered French Chassepot M 1866 bayonet (ABCN1811)(K0)(JN)

GE140 VGC+ R3-4
€ 675,00

German captured M 1866 Chassepot rifle bayonet and altered to fit the German M 1871 and M 1871/84 rifle. Serial number H 48386 on crossguard. Very good long bright fullered yatagan blade with 2 French inspection markings on ricasso. Blade spine is marked M're Imp'ale de St. Etienne - 7 'bre 1868. (= Imperial factory at Saint Etienne, October 7th. 1868.) Very good modified brass grip with external spring with pitting. Grip is cut in one step 2.5 mm deep and 35 mm from the crossguard. Grip is numbered 2 in the step. Crossguard and muzzle ring have some acceptable light pitting on one side only. Left quillon is marked with 3 crisp Frence inspection markings. MRD 17.5 mm. Excellent black painted scabbard with no dents and \German frog stud is marked with an old French serial numer and a German unit marking 64. L. I.  4. 143 (= Landsturm Infantry regiment No. 64, 4th Company, Rifle number 143) on the reverse side.
The bayonet comes with an unmarked black leather patent frog as found.
Very good German interesting altered French M 1866. Made in 1868, so this bayonet must have been captured after the French-German war 1870-1871 
Very rare modification of a French M 1866. Only mentioned in Roy William's book;  The collectors book of German bayonets. part 2. 726 (see picture)