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Experimental Whitworth oval bore muzzle loader rifle. No s #. Excellent bright heavy fullered yataghan blade with Crown over VR marking crisp on ricasso and Enfield marking E-Crown- 33 on reverse side. Blade spine shows J.B. and Enfield marking. Excellent pommel with typical circular Whitworth mortise slot and Enfield marking E-crown-33 on blade tang. Excellent crossguard with forward swept quillon, muzzle ring (MRD 20.2 mm.) with cock comb. Crossguard is unusual unit marked: 2. 60. 390 ( = 2nd Battalion. 60th Kings Royal Rifle Corps. rifle nb. 390)
Excellent sharp checkered black leather grips with Enfield marking E-Crown-33 on both grips and pommel with blued external spring.
Excellent black leather scabbard with all stitches intact. Bright metal mounts with no dents.
Superb all excellent unit marked example of a very rare bayonet! A must have for an advanced British bayonet collector!
Very scarce bayonet!. Only 8.206 experimental Whitworth oval bore muzzle loaders and bayonets were made in 1863 by the R.S.A.F. at Enfield. These rifles and bayonets were issued to selected regiments only with a maximum of 68 rifles each unit! A small number of rifles and bayonets were also used during the civil war in the US and were very popular by sharpshooters.
This particular bayonet was issued November 28th 1864 to the second battalion of the 60th Kings Royal Rifle Corps. An Infantry Batallion. Again, it is a rare bayonet but Unit marked Whitworth bayonets are seldom found and are extremely rare!