Scarce Spanish hunting bayonet dated 1859. This plug form bayonet was designed and used for hunting wild boar and bear.
The 151mm double-edged blade is beautifully engraved with a stylised floral pattern – maybe acanthus buds, and is dated on the ricasso. The obverse ricasso bears the Toledo name.
The blade has a thick, flattened diamond section with flattened medial ridge. The sharp double-edged blade terminates in a needle sharp spear point.
The blade is in good condition with a mild age patina and to the steel.
The turned brass crosspiece has been further decorated with geometric patterns on the raised areas and the brass collar is engraved with rose-like flowers. The ebonised hardwood grip is of usual plug form. There is period wear around the edge of the bulge and a small chip.
The hilt is finished with a turned and engraved brass cap through which the tang is peened.
This is a fine example of these scarce mid-19th Century hunting bayonets. Total length 268mm.