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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Pole Arms and Melee Weapons

Chassepot bayonet

Period:
19th Century
Description:

Brass-handled bonet for the Chassepot breechloading rifle, also known by its official title 'Fusil modèle 1866'. A bayonet is a knife designed to be fit on the muzzle of a firearm, converting the range rifle into a spear that could be used in close combat by infantry soldiers.

 

Inscription on flat edge of blade near hilt: "…. Des chat … 1871". The chassepot is famous for being arm of French forces during the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-1871.

Dimensions:
Blade: 57.2 cm
Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000472
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


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