RARE CONFEDERATE BOYLE, GAMBLE AND MCFEE BAYONET ADAPTER WITH MATING NUMBER 37, AND FULL MARKINGS

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Bayonet adapters enabled rifles such as the Model 1817 and Model 1841, as well as Southern-made military rifles, to be mounted with bayonets without weakening barrels by dovetailing in studs to engage the bayonet hilts, and they could help militarize civilian rifles bored out to military caliber as well. Boyle, Gamble and McFee made two models of adapter, both consisting of a solid band that has a slight bridge to enable it to slide over a front sight, against which the muzzle ring of the bayonet would rest. The adapter would then be locked in place with a small tightening screw mounted in a slightly raised band on the adapter ring. The first model produced by the firm was unmarked and had a square stud. This is one of their second models with a “footprint” stud. These sometimes bear the firm’s initials and location or the firm’s initials and the patent date. This is one of the even scarcer types bearing all three stamps: “B G & M / RICHMOND, VA. / PAT. SEP 2, 1861” as well as a mating number to match it with a bayonet since there was some hand finishing and fitting involved.

This one is clearly numbered “37.” This is in excavated condition and the steel locking screw is, naturally, heavily corroded, but the brass body is generally smooth, clean metal showing light brown. There is a little bit of green showing on the hidden areas under the lug and near the locking screw. The maker and patent markings are a bit light on the left, from the lower half of the “B G” down.

This bears the marking of a well-known C.S. arms maker and the scarce stamping of a Confederate States patent.  [sr]

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