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Pattern 1853 Enfield Bayonet Recovered at Chattanooga, Tennessee
Item #: AA3678
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This is a Pattern 1853 socket bayonet manufactured for the P1853 Enfield rifled musket used during the Civil War. At the onset of the Civil War both the Union and Confederate governments were importing the P1853 rifled muskets from England. By the end of 1862, early part of 1863 the Springfield Armory was producing enough weapons that the Union no longer needed to import them. The Confederacy, however, did not have that luxury. Throughout the entire war the Confederates imported arms and accoutrements from England and elsewhere. This is one of the socket bayonets that was imported during the course of the war. The bayonet has an overall length of 20 1/2", with a blade length of 17 1/4". The bayonet shows has traces of the original bright finish, but the blade now displays mostly a steel gray patina. There is light pitting and oxidation along the entire length the blade. The socket has none of the bluing left. The locking ring and tension screw are missing, and may account for the bayonet having gone missing. The flat part of the blade near the socket has multiple stamps. Several of the stamps are no longer legible, but the maker's name of F. PRESTON and MANCHESTER are still legible on the flat. It is known that Preston was one of four known makers of bayonets with engraved numbers on them. While this bayonet does not have an engraved inventory number on it, it is very possible that this bayonet could have been purchased by the Confederate government. It was found in an out building near Chattanooga, Tennessee near the Lookout Mountain Battlefield. One thing is for certain, this is a nice example of a P1853 Enfield bayonet that was certainly around during the Civil War.
Shipping Weight: 1 lb
Item # AA3678
Your Price $195.00 USD

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