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Italian -Papal States (VATICAN) M 1868 Remington bayonet. (ABCN1710-2)(K0)(JN0)

IT54 EXC R3-4
Italy
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Italian- Papal States- (Vatican) M 1868 Remington rolling block rifle. Cal. .488 (12,4 mm.) Serial number 7924 on pommel.  Excellent bright finished fullered yatagan blade with very rare German maker's logo: A. & A. S. (= August and Albert Schnitzler - Solingen) on the ricasso. Ricasso shows a crisp but small capital A in a circle stamp (= Arsenal Pontificaux = Papal Arsenal). Excellent brass grip with a external spring and a chamfered slot.Inside slot is marked  7 over 1.  Bright finished crossguard with muzzle ring: MRD 18 mm. and a forward swept quillon.
All steel and correct steel scabbard with no dents. Small capital A in a circle stamp on the ball finial.

In September 1867 the Vatican purchased 5.000 Rolling block Remington rifles and carbines made at Nagant in Belgium. There was another contract for 5.000 rifles at Wesley Richards in England. The rifles were equipped with sword bayonets, the carbines with socket bayonets.
The A.& A.S. made bayonets were delivered with the Westley-Richards contract rifles only and not with the carbines.
These Remington rifles and bayonets were used by the Papal Army (Esercito Pontificio) and the Papal Zouaves who saw service against the army of General Giuseppe Garibaldi redshirts in 1870.
A seldom encountered bayonet with a history. Reference: Bayonets of the Remington cartridge period by Jerry Janzen.

An extremely rare bayonet in an Excellent+ condition!!

 

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