U.S. Model 1855 Bayonet & Scabbard - .58 Caliber Socket Bayonet. Very nice example. "U.S." marked. The bayonet is the standard issue Model 1855. There is a nice “US” stamped on flat. Center seam of the scabbard is solid. The brass scabbard tip has nice patina with small, scattered dents from use. The leather body of the scabbard exhibits some light crackling from age. Leather frog is in good condition. It is the 7-rivet variety with maker’s stamp.
During the American Civil War, over 1,000,000 US Model 1855, .58 Caliber Socket Bayonets were produced by the Springfield Armory and another two-dozen contractors. The large majority of these bayonets bear no distinguishing markings to determine who manufactured them. The Model 1855 saw more action in the Civil War then most other bayonets of the period combined. They are typically American in design in that they do not have a blade "shoulder" and have deep fullers, whereas British bayonets of the period had a shoulder and had shallow fullers that stopped at the shoulder of the blade.
Inventory Number: BAY 069