RARE NON-EXCAVATED CONFEDERATE BOYLE, GAMBLE AND MCFEE BAYONET ADAPTER WITH NUMBER 8, MAKER’S MARK AND CS PATENT STAMP

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Item Code: 1000-2323

Non-excavated Boyle, Gamble and McFee CS bayonet adapters are very hard to come by. 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. Their second model, this type, had a “footprint” stud and sometimes bears the firm’s initials and location or the firm’s initials and the patent date. This is one of the even scarcer versions 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 “8.” This is non-dug and the brass shows a pleasant mustard color for the most part with some little brightness to the lug from rubbing in the slot of a sword bayonet hilt. The maker and patent markings are a bit light or rubbed across the top and at the extremities of each line.

A scarce example of a C.S. bayonet adapter with full firm name, address and CS patent stamp. [sr]

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