SCARCE NON-DUG CONFEDERATE “THREE-SQUARE” .69 CALIBER BAYONET

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Item Code: 1000-2469

Produced at the Richmond Armory and by contractors such as Haiman and Brother in Georgia and Heck, Brodie and Company in North Carolina, the “three square” bayonet (a contemporary name) was another solution born of necessity. To save steel the bayonet was forged mostly of iron but given a steel tip. To make up for the softness of the iron the blade was not fluted along the bottom, but left triangular cross-section. This is, in turn, had advantage of speeding production by eliminating the time necessary to machine the blade flutes.

This is a scarce non-excavated example that has a dark, crusty surface, but has good edges and point, the socket is not dented or damaged and the locking ring is in place. A few spots of brown rust show through the black surface. It will clean up some if you desire, but should really be left as is. This bayonet is designed for a .69 caliber musket fitted with a bottom-mounted bayonet stud at the muzzle. The Richmond Armory tried to send out “three-square” bayonets with its repaired arms and the fluted examples with new weapons. We doubt this held true for all makers, especially under the pressure of steel shortages and the need to produce as many arms as possible in the shortest time.

Measuring 18 inches overall, with a 15.25 blade, this is a scarce non-excavated Civil War bayonet and as Confederate as they come.  [sr]

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