U.S. Model 1816 bayonet - .69 Caliber Socket Bayonet. For Model 1816-1822 - 1828 Muskets. "U.S." marked an excellent example.
U.S. Model 1816 Bayonets were the true predecessor to the US Model 1855 series bayonet. They are typically American in design, in that they do not have a blade "shoulder." They have deep side fullers (forming a "T" in cross-section) with a top face-flute (or fuller) that runs almost the full length of the blade (about 16 3/4'); the standard US Model 1816 has a top face flute of about 9" nominally. These are attached by fitting them over the barrel muzzle, and fastened into position by means of a T-shaped mortise slot. This bayonet does not employ a locking ring. All mental construction. These were designed to fit the various US manufactures .69 caliber flintlock muskets, converted to percussion in the 1850s, just prior to the Civil War. This bayonet surely saw action during the Civil War. Very nice example.
Inventory Number: BAY 060