Navel bayonet and scabbard
Steel, brass, walnut, leather
Overall: 17 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. ( 43.8 x 12.1 x 3.2 cm )
stamped: on ricasso, obverse of blade: "U.S.N. / DR / 1862" stamped: on ricasso, reverse of blade: "AMES MFG Co / CHICO . . ."
Knife bayonet with straight, single-edged steel blade with clipped point; brass guard with disk finials, backstrap 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.
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.
Gift of Miss Louise S. Cox
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