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Naval knife bayonet and scabbard

Object Name: Bayonet and scabbard
Date: 1862
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Medium: Steel, brass, walnut, leather
Dimensions: Overall: 17 1/4 × 4 3/4 × 1 1/4 in. (43.8 × 12.1 × 3.2 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, Chicopee
Description: Knife bayonet with straight, single-edged steel blade with clipped point; brass guard with disk finials, back strap with full-length channel, and flat pommel cast in one piece; walnut grip with carved finger grooves; leather scabbard with brass throat with circular frog stud and brass tip.
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Louise S. Cox
Object Number: 1962.80ab
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Marks: stamped: on ricasso, obverse of blade: "U.S.N. / DR / 1862" stamped: on ricasso, reverse of blade: "AMES MFG Co / CHICO . . ."

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The knife pattern bayonet, introduced by U.S. Navy Admiral John A. Dahlgren in 1861, "brought forth an entirely new concept in American bayonet design," according to A. N. Hardin, Jr. ("The American Bayonet, 1776-194," p. 150). This specimen, manufactured in 1862, represents a variation of the 1861 model.