French M1842 Yataghan sword bayonet for use with several variations of French carbine rifle.
The heavy 57cm / 22.5 inch yataghan blade is clean, with light age related tarnishing and mild pitting on the point.
The steel crosspiece has mild tarnish and pitting. The crosspiece and ricasso of the blade bear French poincon inspection marks and the spine is engraved with the French state arsenal name, "Manufacture Imperiale de Chatellerault" and the date of manufacture, "July 1855."
The ribbed brass grip has a great antique patina and the external spring catch is in good working order.
The original scabbard is in great condition, with the patina of old steel and is marked on the ball finial and at the throat.
This is an increasingly hard to find mid-19th Century bayonet in better than average condition.