This 1858 Sea Service pattern yataghan sword bayonet was made for the .577 naval short rifle and Marine artillery carbine. As well as being issued to British units, these rifles and bayonets were sold in large numbers to both the Union and Confederate armies during the American Civil War.
The 578mm yataghan blade has a flat spine and broad single fuller on both sides. The recurved (Yataghan) blade has a 180mm upper false edge. The blade is in very good condition with some small and very minor spots of pale tarnish. The blade is without maker or ordnance markings which is typical of those produced for export to America.
The iconic steel crosspiece with cockscomb and button finials is bright and free of rust. The crosspiece is stamped with the serial number 1315. The interior of the muzzle ring is flush with the tang of the blade and the muzzle ring diameter is 20.7mm. There is no lead into the mortice slot.
The press-stud and external spring locking mechanism work perfectly. The external spring is screwed to the hilt. The beaked pommel is bright and free of rust and tarnish and is stamped on the end with the number 69 and a worn inspection mark. The leather grip scales are in good condition and have wear commensurate with age and use.
The bayonet is complete with its original leather scabbard with steel mounts. The scabbard is in very good condition. The leather retains its original finish and the stitching is intact and tight. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a great example of a sea service 1858 pattern yataghan bayonet made for the export market.