US 1808-1812 BAYONET

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Item Code: 1052-81

This 1808-1812 U.S. bayonet is unmarked, 17-inches long, and one of the wide variety of unbridged socket bayonets produced for muskets made by contractors and national armories during the period. As with the muskets, the bayonets show their descent from French patterns imported in the Revolution. This one measures 17-inches overall, has an unfluted blade and was carefully cleaned, showing bright with scattered gray and few brown spots, along with some shallow pitting, mostly on the underside. The socket shows the incompletely polished out join of the blade neck, a nice example of how American producers were still learning their trade.

Bayonets of this period offer a wide variety for the collector and this one is a good example of those rushed into production as tensions with Britain rose after the Chesapeake-Leopard affair of 1807 and culminated in the War of 1812.  [SR] [ph:m]

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