In 1855, the Sappers and miners (later Engineers) adopted the Lancaster carbine as their primary weapon and the P1855 bayonet was produced to accompany it. The P1855 is a very distinctive bayonet with a pipe backed blade and quill point. Possibly one of the best-looking bayonets produced for the British army.
This P1855 is in good condition. The 652mm pipe back blade is mostly bright and clean with pitting towards the quill point. There are a few tiny edge nicks and a more noticeable one near the point on the upper edge. The forte of the blade bears a worn inspection stamp.
The gilded hilt retains most of its original gilding. The distinctive bird-beak pommel is stamped with the date 1866. The side of the pommel bears the unit mark of the 37th Foot, The Hampshire Regiment. The press-stud and external spring catch works perfectly. The leather grip scales are in worn condition.
This is a good example of a rare and iconic British bayonet.