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Socket bayonet with spring clip and knife blade

Origin: Europe, France (probably)
Socket - 3 3/16", Blade - 9 1/2", OL - 13"
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2003-81
Short socket bayonet with heavy single edged knife blade attached perpandicularly to the socket by a very heavy squared shank which includes a 1 1/4" ricasso. A short false edge reaches back for 4 1/4 inches back from the tip of the blade. The robust socket has a 1/2 mortise covered by a 3" cammed retaining spring, affixed by a single screw near the muzzle end. A thickened reinforce is also included at the rear of the socket opposite the mortise.