Rare British East India Company (E.I.C.) 1841 pattern India catch Sapper and Miner’s sword bayonet. Designed to fit the India catch pattern Sapper’s and Miner’s Carbine. This sword bayonet also fits all the East India Company pattern muskets with a .75 bore and the straight style F pattern bayonet spring catch.
This bayonet has a 566mm single edged blade with a flat spine and deep single fuller on both sides. The blade is of the earlier style with the fuller running almost to the point. The last 120mm of the top edge is sharpened and the blade terminates in a spear point. The blade is in fair condition and free of rust, with mild age related tarnish and areas of pitting.
These bayonets were produced under trade contracts in the UK. The spine is stamped with the maker’s name which is worn and unreadable and the forte bears an inspectors’ stamp of a letter over the number “4.” The obverse of the forte is stamped with a 6 over 144, which is probably an E.I.C. unit designation and weapon number. The front of the socket is stamped with E3 and has three incised lines.
This hard to find bayonet has a total length of 705mm and is guaranteed original. This is a “must have” bayonet for many collectors.
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