Italian M 1870-87 TA (African Troopes) bayonet.(ABCN498-1)(K576)(JN119-2)

€ 565,00
IT55 EXC- R3-4
Italy
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Italian M 1870-87 TA Vetterli rifle African Troops bayonet. Excellent bright finished massive cruciform blade. Ricasso is marked with MA in an oval. Excellent bright finished hilt with long spring and crossguard with forward swept quillon and muzzle ring. MRD 18 mm. Crossguard with inspection marking. Pommel with two Italian inspection stamps. One near the catch and one near the nut on the pommel. Brown composite grips secured with two screws to the blade tang. Small crack in left grip only. 
Black leather scabbard is missing.

Very rare bayonet made for the Italian colonial troops. Seldom encountered.
Many of the fragile composite grips were later replaced by wooden grips. This one escaped.