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Old 07-17-2014, 01:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all

I wonder if you can help me. I'm trying to identify an old bayonet that was found during a house clearance.

It is 25 inches (640mm) from its tip to the base of the hilt. The blade is less than 1 inch (20mm) at the widest point.

There are three photos to help, but any assistance would be gratefully received.

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Old 07-17-2014, 02:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Are there any visible markings on the blade i.e. proofmarks's, dates etc on blade or handle. Inspect it good cause without markings it's gonna be hard to figure out. Try to find a gun show near ya and bring it there to get some help if we can't help ya here.....Welcome to Weapons Forum.
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Thank you Concealed. The only visible marking is a serial number possiby 53149 on the curved sideguard.
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Looks like a French Gras model 1874 bayonet.

See if that info gives you any leads.

http://arms2armor.com/Bayonets/fren1874.htm

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Old 07-18-2014, 02:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you very much. Would you know its approximate value?
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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I'd use Ebay as a guide.

french gras bayonet | eBay
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Ebay didn't help me at all sorry
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
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Well looking at Ebay they range from about $25 to $300 according to condition and if it has a scabbard or not. Based on the condition of the one in the pictures you posted I'd say you are closer to the $25 amount.
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The bayonet does look very worn, I wouldn't mind seeing picture of it when it got cleaned up some though.
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What^said.....
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