RELIC SABER BAYONET RECOVERED NEAR “LOST AVENUE” (NEILL AVENUE) AT GETTYSBURG – KEN BREAM COLLECTION

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Item Code: 224-777

This Gettysburg relic is an example of the brass handled saber bayonet for use on a P.S. Justice rifle, as produced by that company circa 1861-1862. The firm of P.S. Justice of Philadelphia had its genesis as Justice & Steinmann, a sporting goods and hardware retailer. They did considerable business with the Henry family company known as Bolton Gun Works, later J. Henry & Sons.

In 1861 the firm officially changed their name to P.S. Justice. Within days of war being declared, Justice contacted his largest supplier, J. Henry & Sons, in an attempt to purchase as many arms as possible for resale to the US government and various state and local militias.

This bayonet measures 24.5” long overall with a 19.5” long semi-yataghan blade. The hilt and grip are of cast brass. The hilt has a quillon that terminates in a forward-swept flat disc on the bottom and a muzzle ring on top. An iron pin through the guard secures the grip to the blade. The top of the grip has a dished mortise for a stud that is roughly .45” wide with a .19” wide channel and a length of about 1.3”.

The bayonet is in good condition for an excavated relic, with the rusty blade having moderate pitting and some edge loss. The iron blade has been coated. The brass has a nice dark green/brown patina. The spring lock is broken and missing white the “button” is in place. The number “15” is stamped on the flat top side of the grip.

This bayonet was found by local Gettysburg resident and relic hunter Ken Bream. Mr. Bream was born and raised in Gettysburg and grew up in a house right next to the famous Peach Orchard. He graduated from Gettysburg High School and for a while worked for Johnny Johnson who owned the General Longstreet’s Headquarters Museum which once stood on Seminary Ridge, right along Confederate Avenue near the Longstreet Headquarters marker. Mr. Bream obtained some relics from this now defunct museum and dug many more on private property surrounding the battlefield and on the Confederate approach and retreat routes. This plate was obtained from the auction of Mr. Bream’s collection in October of 2021; comes with copy of the auction listing - this is number 87, and is listed as “Dug US brass handle saber bayonet (Lost Ave)”.

Officially, it is known as “Neill Avenue”, but just as often called “Lost Avenue.” It was named to honor General Thomas Neill and his Sixth Corps brigade. Here the 2nd Virginia and 1st North Carolina engaged the 43rd New York, 49th New York, 61st Pennsylvania and 7th Maine.

A fine Gettysburg relic.    [jet] [PH:L]

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